Episode 9 Birdsong
Why do birds sing and what does it mean to us humans?
Colin Stafford Johnson explores that wildlife sound we often take for granted – birdsong. At the Devil’s Glen in Co. Wicklow, he meets up with Animal Behaviour expert and Head of the Zoology Department in Trinity College Dublin, Dr Nicola Marples, to ask her why birds sing, and how they learn their tunes. Colin also travels west to meet with Gordon Darcy, Natural History author, artist and environmental educator, to discuss what birdsong might mean for human beings and how it may enrich our lives, whether or not we recognise it.
Location: Devil’s Glen, Co. Wicklow
Contributors: Dr Nicola Marples, Lloyd Buck, Gordon Darcy