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    Nature on One Sunday 16th June 2013

    The Secret Life of Irish Caves – from swarming bats to ancient bones

    Late one Autumn night, Colin Stafford Johnson heads underground to explore what wildlife might be found in Irish caves. Colin meets bat specialist Conor Kelleher in Dunmore Cave, Co. Kilkenny, where they hope to witness the autumnal swarming of Natterer’s bats. This phenomenon of Autumnal swarming in caves was only discovered in Ireland last year, and it is still not known why the bats do it – using up valuable fat reserves just as their winter hibernation approaches.

    In addition to this living wildlife spectacle, caves are also important repositories for our extinct fauna. To find out why this is and what has been found in Irish caves, Colin heads to the Natural History Museum to meet Nigel Monaghan, Curator, and to examine some of the ancient remains found in Irish caves.

    Locations: Dunmore Cave, Co. Kilkenny; Natural History Museum, Dublin.

    Contributors: Conor Kelleher, Nigel Monaghan

    Picture Caption: Bat expert Conor Kelleher and Colin explore Dunmore Cave in Co. Kilkenny.

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    Sunday 16th June 2013

    The Secret Life of Irish Caves Stafford Johnson heads underground to explore what wildlife might be found in Irish caves.

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    This ten part radio documentary series sees Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman and television presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson turn his talents to radio. Colin travels across the country on the hunt for some of our most remarkable animals and wild places. Tune in and allow yourself to be transported to Skellig Michael, with its noisy storm petrels, manx shearwaters and puffins; or into the midst of a grey seal colony on the windswept Inishkea Islands; venture below ground.

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