Via Sunday Miscellany: The great wildlife expert goes exploring with a group of schoolboys - listen to The Day Gerrit Van Gelderen Stepped Onto Planet Finglas, by Brian Farrell above...

I was six years of age when Amuigh Faoin Spéir was broadcast by Televis Eireann for the first time in 1963. I'm not sure if I ever had any interest in wildlife before that. Living on the edge of Finglas West, we were close to green fields and farmlands but my childhood memories would be of chasing cows and running from the farmer whose life changed so drastically with the arrival of a massive corporation housing estate. We would trapse through his fields daily, during the hot summers of my childhood. We went in a straight line from our homes to the cool waters of the Tolka River....

Amuigh Faoin Spéir would change my view of those fields and that splendid river Tolka.

Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday mornings at 9.10 am - listen back here.