Cindy Buxton

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Cindy Buxton
Born Lucinda Catherine Buxton
(1950-08-21) 21 August 1950 (age 66)
Nationality British
Education New Hall School
Occupation Film-maker
Known for Wildlife films
Parent(s) Lord Buxton of Alsa
Sir Henry Birkin

Lucinda Catherine "Cindy" Buxton FRGS (born 21 August 1950)[1] is a British wildlife film-maker, photographer and author.[2]

Background and education[edit]

The third of the six children of Lord Buxton of Alsa (founder of Anglia Television and the television series Survival) and Pamela Mary Birkin, daughter of Sir Henry Birkin,[3][4] she was educated at New Hall School, Chelmsford, Essex.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Her first wildlife film was released in 1971, when she was just 21 years old. She later became involved in filming wildlife documentary films (chiefly for her father's nature documentary television series Survival). In 1978 she co-wrote the first scientific paper about the Shoebill, in Zambia.[5][6] Her 1980 book "Survival in the Wild" is about her first 8 years in Africa.

During a filming expedition on South Georgia in March 1982, Cindy Buxton and her assistant Annie Price were caught up in the Falklands War. Argentine forces seized control of the east coast of South Georgia on 3 April 1982. Buxton and Price, who had been filming in an isolated part of the island, were trapped for four weeks before they were rescued by a helicopter from HMS Endurance on 30 April.[2][4][7]

This and her previous three years there and in Antarctica are described in her book Survival: South Atlantic. She was subsequently invited to return for the Falkland Islands' 150th anniversary celebrations in February 1983.[7]

Buxton and Annie Price won the Media Award of the Variety Club of Great Britain for 1982[2] and Buxton was invested as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She now works in the field of video presentation of legal proceedings, for Z-Axis, which she joined in 1997.[5][8]

South Georgia Island[edit]

Buxton Glacier (54°26′S 36°12′W / 54.433°S 36.200°W / -54.433; -36.200) is a glacier flowing northeast into St Andrews Bay, South Georgia. This glacier was named by the United Kingdom Antarctic Place-Names Committee (UK-APC) in 1987 after Buxton and her parents.[9]



  • Nakuru (1971)
  • Floating Worlds of Naivasha (1972)
  • Edge of the Abyss (1973)
  • Almost a Dodo (1975)
  • The Last Kingdom of the Elephants (1977)
  • The Down Makers (1979)
  • Penguin Island (1980)
  • Falkland Summer (1981)
  • Stranded on South Georgia (1982)
  • Opportunity South Atlantic (1982)
  • Built for the Kill (2001)


  • Buxton, Cindy (1980). Survival in the wild. London :: Collins,. pp. 102 p., [8] leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 23 cm. ISBN 0-00-216098-6. 
  • Woods, Robin Wilfrid; Cindy Buxton; Annie Price (1982). Falkland Islands birds. Oswestry :: Anthony Nelson,. pp. 79p, 32p. of plates (chiefly col.) : ill. ; 21cm. ISBN 0-904614-07-7. 
  • Buxton, Cindy; Annie Price (1983). Survival South Atlantic. London :: Granada,. pp. xiii,237p.,[64]p. of plates : ill(some col.), maps,col.ports. ; 26cm. ISBN 0-246-12087-8. 


  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 5050 § 50496 -". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ a b c Buxton, Cindy; Annie Price (1983). Survival South Atlantic. London: Granada. pp. xiii, 237p., [64]p. of plates : ill(some col.), maps,col.ports. ; 26cm. ISBN 0-246-12087-8. 
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 5051 § 50501 - Person Page 5051". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  4. ^ a b Harmer, Ian (17 June 1983). "Cindy Buxton films King penguins". Ellensburg Daily Record. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "New Hall School - Cindy Buxton". New Hall School. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  6. ^ BUXTON, LUCINDA; JENNY SLATER; LESLIE H. BROWN (1978). "The breeding behaviour of the shoebill or whale-headed stork Balaeniceps rex in the Bangweulu Swamps, Zambia". African Journal of Ecology. 16 (3): 201–220. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2028.1978.tb00440.x. 
  7. ^ a b Buxton, Cindy (May 1983). "The 150th Celebrations". Falkland Islands Newsletter. Falkland Islands: The Falkland Islands Association (14). Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Z-Axis". Z-Axis. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  9. ^ "Buxton Glacier". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 

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