As this year’s RTÉ Goes Wild season comes to an end, Derek Mooney presents a special live wildlife programme from the Wicklow Mountains this evening.

BioBlitz is a series a events that happen around the world where naturalists are invited to identify a large number of wild things such as mammals, trees and insects) in a limited period of time.

They have 24-hours to survey four of Ireland’s heritage sites, namely: Wicklow Mountains National Park, the Burren National Park in Co Clare; Lough Key Forest Park in Co Roscommon, and Colebrooke Estate, Co Fermanagh.

BioBlitz Ireland 2013 airs live tonight on RTÉ One at 7pm, with the results on Sunday evening. If you miss it, catch-up on the RTÉ Player here (

Colin Stafford Johnson and Sinéad Kennedy join Radio 1 presenter, Mooney, for the one-hour TV show which is being broadcast from the Glendalough Lakes in the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

The team will meet the experts, talk to volunteers, see the wildlife and introduce each of the competing BioBlitz sites around the country to see what each has to offer.

Speaking to RTÉ TEN, Mooney said: “Nature is all around us but sometimes we don’t see it. Bio-Blitz is a great way to concentrate the mind and focus on what’s really important.

“The diversity of our plant and animal species is crucial to our way of life. Just think how boring and poor the world would be without bees, and trees or hedgehogs and frogs and rhymes too!”

In addition, Ireland’s ‘bat man’ Conor Kelleher will introduce viewers to the furry creatures at Glendalough bat roost. Plus John Lusby of Birdwatch Ireland will launch a kestrel family under the watchful eye of the Mooney Goes Wild nestcam.