Toby Smith


The Endangered Landscapes Programme is building a future in which landscapes across Europe are enriched with biodiversity, establishing resilient, more self-sustaining ecosystems that benefit both nature and people.

To coincide with the Programme’s launch, Toby Smith was commissioned to produce a video serving as an overview and introduction to the vision of the programme, one which is hoped to introduce a more positive and forward-looking narrative in conservation efforts


A written script was developed in collaboration with the ELP team before being narrated and recorded with environmental campaigner Tony Juniper and Sara Calcada of Fauna and Flora International.   Original drone and video material was produced, directed and filmed across the Dyfi Estuary and Pumlumon Massif in collaboration with Summit to Sea – one of ELP’s inaugural grant recipients and Richard Garner – drone pilot.

The final edit  incorporates video from across the wider European programme and material from the archive of Toby Smith and The Big Picture. The resulting film debuted in Cambridge in support of the ELP launch on the 4th of October before being released on Youtube and the ELP home-page with subtitles in 7 languages.

The Endangered Landscapes Programme has been generously funded by Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and is managed through a partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.