Vikings is a global hit TV historical drama series now in its 6th season. It is filmed on location in County Wicklow. The scale of the on-location filming operations is large, with hundreds of cast and crew, horses and other livestock and large machinery, support services and special effects. The production needs dramatic, wild and natural locations and as such, these locations are often on or close to designated sites often within the Wicklow Mountains SAC/SPA.
Each filming operation associated with a designated site can be very different from the last and each requires an individual approach to ecological assessment and advice. All include Appropriate Assessment screening at the very least.
The sets, equipment and operational approach can change quickly, sometimes on the day itself, and in more sensitive locations or with larger more complex operations this can require ecological supervision to ensure no impacts to the sensitive sites.
EcoEireann have carried out a range of services for Vikings from Appropriate Assessment Screening reports to liaison with statutory agencies and on-site Ecological Clerk of Works.
Typically, ecological advice on the day means an ecologist present in advance of throughout filming and checking for clear up afterwards.
How we helped our client achieve their objectives: The Vikings team are keen to have no ecological and environmental impact to ensure that they are welcome back on all sites in future and can achieve a good environmental reputation. They work closely with the EcoÉireann team to achieve this. An ecologist on site during filming can help to get across the need for careful route planning for access, mark and warden areas that may be ecologically sensitive and provide advice to the production team or director on whether a change to a filming plan needs further scrutiny. The dynamic environment of TV production needs a flexible and creative approach to solution finding and we provide that in our experienced team. EcoEireann have helped Vikings by providing ecological advice, learning about the filming operations to enable the locations and operations to be well chosen and sensitively sited to avoid the risk of impacts. Our team includes personnel based in County Wicklow and they are able to respond quickly and in person. Fast response times, ingenuity and flexibility are important in the film industry and close working with the locations team has built a strong understanding of the needs of film and TV productions.
|Project Start & End Date||2016 – 2017|
|Location||Wicklow Mountains, County Wicklow|