I am a 20-year-old semi-professional filmmaker, presenter, and adventurer specializing in promotional shorts and wildlife conservation and expedition-style films. In late 2012, I established the production company Song Thrush Productions and currently produce every aspect of my work—from research, script writing, and filming to presenting and editing.

I started to use film as a method to highlight key environmental messages at the age of 15. My first short film about the devastating effects of palm oil production won a place in a national competition and opened up the opportunity for me to speak to members of the European Parliament (MEPs) about the importance of ingredient labels on products.

My work has since gained national and international recognition, and I have been fortunate enough to produce films for companies and events of all shapes and sizes—from the United Nations and Jurassic Coast UNESCO team to town councils and educational charities.

One of my most exciting projects to date involved ascending Mt. Kilimanjaro to produce Climb for Climate Action, a full-length feature documentary that examines the effects of global climate change on the mountains’ glaciers, endemic wildlife species, local people, and tourism industry. The film was screened at the Paris Climate Meetings in 2015 (COP21).

My current core goal is to encourage my audience to “Spend More Time in The WILD” in the hope that they will enjoy unforgettable experiences that might enhance their appreciation of their natural surroundings, and thus their desire to protect it for generations to come. I have also been developing strategies to communicate the importance of spending time outdoors for physical and emotional wellbeing and plan to expand on this theme in the future.

Through every aspect of my work—be it film, radio, photography, or public speaking—I aim to emphasize my genuine belief that the decisions we make today about how we live will, and do, influence people across the planet, and of course, future generations. Our every action counts, no matter how big or small. Therefore, it is crucial that we habitually consider our possible impact so that we can make alterations where required, and we need to act now if we are to halt the increasingly apparent obliteration to the natural world around us. I am responsible; you are responsible; we are all responsible for taking action.

Aside from filmmaking, I am an enthusiastic long-distance backpacker, traditional archer, trail runner, climber, dog lover, and more. I am a trained mountain leader, qualified PADI Open Water Diver and fitness instructor, and experienced bushcraft instructor. I am also a journeying Christian, currently discovering my true value in Christ, and cherish time spent with my new church family.

Feel free to email me, or you can reach me through my Song Thrush Productions Facebook page.

Taken at the end of the South Downs Way.
Abbie and her dog, Bobby.
Abbie at 15 years old during a beach clean up she arranged for her film "Save Our Oceans" taken in February 2013.
Sir David Frederick Attenborough poses with Abbie after she won the EcoTales Film Festival in May 2016 for her film "Save Our Oceans."
Song Thrush Production team at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro for the filming of "Climb for Climate Action."
Abbie Barnes, French Alps, July 2016.