Documentaries

WORLD WILD SPECIALS

These documentaries were first broadcast as part of the Mooney Goes Wild "World Wild" series, and will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on the first four Saturdays in September at 10am.


2nd September 2006: The Rainforests of Costa Rica (repeat)
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Presenter: Eanna Ní Lamhna
Producer: Derek Mooney

9th September 2006: The Trumpeter Swan (repeat)
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Presenter: Richard Collins
Producer: Derek Mooney

16th September 2006: Programme 3: The American Alligator (repeat)
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Presenter: Derek Mooney
Producer: Derek Mooney

23rd September 2006: Black-tailed Godwit (repeat)
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Presenter: Jim Wilson
Producer: Derek Mooney

Ornithologist Jim Wilson, travels to Iceland in search of the black-tailed godwit. The black-tailed godwit is a large wading bird that breeds in Iceland. A large proportion of its world population come to Ireland every winter. The godwits spend their time on or near our estuaries. Jim Wilson chose this species because it is typical of our wetland birds and can be used as example to show how important Ireland is for hundreds of thousands of birds from all over the northern hemisphere.

Talking about the programme Jim Wilson says he: "hopes to use the story of the black-tailed godwit to show the listener how important it is for us to protect our wildlife, to look on it as not our property but as something we should protect, cherish and enjoy as part of our heritage. Learning about birds like the black-tailed godwit in Ireland is fascinating and should be considered at least as important as cheetahs in Africa or penguins in the Antartic". Jim Wilson will tell the story of "our" black-tailed godwits, what happens these birds when they leave our shores for Iceland each spring and how nature lovers hope to find out more about them to enable us to secure their future in Ireland and beyond.

Jim Wilson started his first nature notebook when he was 12 years old. He has studied all aspects of Irish natural history for over 25 years but has a particular interest in the birds of Ireland. He is a computer systems administrator by profession and works for the Southern Health Board at Cork University Hospital.

 
 
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