What is the aim of the Natural World UK Rights-ready footage library?

To provide an online video clip resource for news and current affairs broadcasters who need the immediacy which this online footage library can give for a short term rights ready usage licence at highly competitive prices. Other usage rights are available including broadcast documentaries, advertising,and use by educational institutions.

What is Rights-Ready footage?

Rights-ready footage and their licences are different from royalty-free licences (unlimited use anywhere for a single payment) in that your Rights-ready licence is based on how, where and for how long you intend to use the footage. The licence you’re paying for on this website only covers a specific use, you can’t use the footage clip in additional projects without purchasing additional licences. Different licences are available at checkout and their definitions are found HERE.

What Topics are covered in the footage library?

The footage is wide ranging with some obscure species and places, along with the common creatures found across the UK. Events pertaining to the natural world, pastimes and occupations are also covered and placed in folders with a generic title. Species that once trod the UK, such as Bears, Wolves and Beaver  are also included, but filmed elsewhere in Europe.

How do I find what I want?

Three ways:

1). Click on the Topic folder of interest and roll the mouse over the clips that appear, which will then play. Click on any clip and a player on a new page (Clip page) will appear along with all the background information about that clip.

2). SEARCH - you can search for any text content. The footage clips that contain your search query will be returned. Refining the search on those returned clips can also be made.

3). TAG's - The Clip page has live tags below the player, and by clicking on those, all clips having that tag will be returned.

For overseas clients not familiar with the English name of a species, those species can be searched for by their universal Latin name.

What if the library doesn't have what I need?

It is early days for this new UK online wildlife footage resource. Over fifteen years of back-catalogue imagery is available to be incorporated. New material shot in 4K is also being added, yet many species and places already exist in the back-catalogue to be uploaded at a later date.

If you need specifics which are unavailable at the moment in this footage library, please contact Natural World UK who will upload a selection of clips if available, or go out and shoot the material you require using the library's own cameraman if timing to your TX allows.

I need more of the same.

The majority of clips have additional footage associated with them from the location shoot rushes. That associated footage is not included at this stage with the priority being given to variety.

Please do contact if you need more of the same type of clip for an edit and it can be uploaded if available. Do allow time for that material to be sourced.


You can create one wishlist once registered, or more to allow you to collate clips for different sequences or productions you are working upon. 

From the wishlist you are able to download low resolution watermarked samples to your email, or send clips with a selected licence to the basket/cart for subsequent purchase and download of high resolution HD clip(s) without watermark.


Are there TAGs?

Yes, they cover general terms such as a species type (Mammal, Bird, Plant etc), habitat types (Woodland, Coast, Heathland etc), particular weather (Snow), and behaviours. All other attributes about clips, such as location, season, and shot descriptions, can be found using the SEARCH icon. The SEARCH function does not search through the Tags and for best results to find what you are looking for would be to use a combination of TAGs and SEARCH

What is the Footage Format?

All clips are presented for viewing in the library at low resolution irrespective of their original acquired format. They can be downloaded in high resolution (without watermark) in PAL HD 25p format (1920 x 1080 50Mb/s) after checkout purchase. For reference the original format is given in the clip information when the clip is clicked upon in the folder.

The original clip format ranges from PAL 720 x 576 (SD), 1440 x 1080 (HDV), 1920 x 1080 (HD), 3840 x 2160 (UHD), and 4096 x 2160 (4K) and are upscaled or downscaled to HD for the library footage clips using Teranex hardware.

Should you require the clip in its original format, please contact Natural World UK to discuss how best for you to receive the clip as the original clip format (other than HD)  is not available to download through this website portal. There will be an extra cost for this facility.

Is there any Audio?

All clips will have audio. Some clips were shot mute and generic audio has been added. Where possible the wild track has been kept, but some have been replaced with the generic sound from a similar location due to excessive wind noise or other 'noises off' that makes the original audio unacceptable.

For Editors, extended generic soundtracks are made available free of charge in the library's AUDIO folder. Simply download the watermarked royalty free clip and use the audio.


The watermark is present on thumbnails and across library folders. It is removed when clips are purchased and high resolution footage is downloaded.

Can I download clips to show my editor?

Yes, you will need to 'Create an Account' which will need accreditation before any download can occur. Once accredited, you may download the low resolution watermarked clips for assessing continuity within an edit. There is no charge for this. When you have decided upon the clips actually needed for the production/news piece, you can then download the high resolution HD clips (minus watermark) after checkout and payment.

What accreditation is needed?

The accreditation process need only be done once when setting up an account for regular clients who download footage. An Online form is available within this website to help this process and when completed should be returned.

Please allow time between accreditation and actual download of high resolution non-watermarked footage. You will be advised when download can occur after accreditation.

What payment methods are available?

Two payment methods are available at this time a). PayPal, and b). Purchase Order.

First use of Purchase Orders by a client have to be agreed by Natural World UK finance department before any purchase transaction.

How are clips priced?

All clips have a fixed price that is based on the Rights Ready licence purchased. This price is irrespective of clip duration. Audio clips are offered FOC to assist editors with longer generic audio.

VAT (20%) is added in the Checkout process.

Discount Coupons may be issued at the discretion of Natural World UK and are valid for one transaction. Clients that bulk purchase, or clients/productions who contact Natural World UK at the start of their production giving a valid reason why discount would aid their production, will be considered for discount.

Does the production need to Credit 'Natural World UK' in vision?

Yes, if the total NWUK clip footage Tx'd in the production/news piece exceeds ten seconds. See 'Terms and Conditions'.