About Abbie

Be alive with purpose

Abbie Barnes

I have been producing films since the age of 13. 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 in the European Parliament to MEPs about the importance of ingredient labels on products. I then went on to establish a production company, Song Thrush Productions. Since then my work has gained national and international recognition and I have produced films for companies and events of all shapes and sizes—from the United Nations and Jurassic Coast UNESCO team, to town councils, educational charities and fundraising events.

Spend More Time In The WILD

In 2016 I established the Spend More Time In The WILD campaign, the goal of which is to inspire and empower individuals to enjoy more quality time outside for the benefit of improving mental and physical health and wellbeing, whilst building meaningful connections with the natural world and each other. Over the last three years the project has grown into a worldwide community of passionate and courageous individuals working together to enjoy the beauty of our wild spaces and protect them for generations to come.


Visit the 'Spend More Time In The WILD' page to find out more.


Shortlisted for 'BMC Women In Adventure', 2020 (winners yet to be announced)

Global Youth Awards - 'Environmental Rejuvenation - Demonstration of Leadership', 2018

Shortlisted for 'BMC Women In Adventure', 2018

'Wild Film Fest' - adventure film winner, 2018

Speaker at the Wildscreen Film Festival, 2016

Environmental Steward for the IUCN World Conservation Congress, 2016 

Open University and BBC 'Earth In Vision' project, 2016 

Top producer credits from UN Web TV, 2016

Presenter for the United Nations World Ocean and Environment Day 2015

Former Associate of the Linnean Society of London, 2015

Received one of six places for the 'Wildscreen Roar Talent Bursary', 2014

Shortlisted for 'The Network', 2014

'Action for Nature EcoHeros Award' 2013

'Save Our Oceans, Recycle Your Plastic' - shortlisted for the Innsbruck Film Festival, 2013

'Save Our Oceans, Recycle Your Plastic' - winner of the EcoTales Film Festival, 2013

'Young Darwin Scholarship' with the Field Studies Council 2012

'Palm Oil' - winner of the Young People's Trust For The Environment Film Competition, 2012

Behind the Lens

Alongside media production, I work in the leisure industry as a wellness coach and personal trainer, training clients on a 1-1 and small group basis. I am also a class instructor, teaching Boxercise, Group Cycle and Circuits, and a run leader, coaching beginner running courses.

I am a qualified Hill and Moorland Leader, offering group walks and talks in the wilder areas of the UK for those looking to head outside for the first time. Please visit the 'WILD Walks and Weekend Events' page to find out more, or get in touch via email to arrange a walk.

I have completed my Expedition Skills Module and have my Mountain Leader (Summer) assessment due in 2020. I am also a qualified Outdoor First Aider and Mental Health First Aider.


I offer talks and presentations across the country exploring mental health and wellbeing and the ways in which we can all take steps to support ourselves and those around us.

Please visit my talks and presentations page for more information.

I am a qualified PADI Open Water Diver, an experienced bushcraft instructor,  and am studying for two diplomas, one in Nutritional Therapy and the other in Life Coaching.

I am an enthusiastic long-distance backpacker, traditional archer, trail runner, musician, dog lover, and more.  I am also a journeying Christian passionate about discovering my true value in Christ and cherish spending time with my church family.

© 2019 by Abbie Barnes | Song Thrush Productions. All rights included.

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