One of Ireland’s most ambitious and innovative radio projects has taken place overnight.

Featuring live contributions from more than 22 different locations across Europe, as well as Australia and India, RTÉ Radio 1's live International Dawn Chorus tracked the wave of birdsong as it spread from east to west with the rising of the sun. 

The programme, which was anchored by RTÉ’s Mooney Goes Wild team from St Anne’s Park in Raheny, featured a special focus on the birds of the Dublin Bay Biosphere.

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Ireland’s natural heritage was in the spotlight again this evening when Derek Mooney hosted 'Nature Live' at 6:30pm on RTÉ One.

Described as "an ambitious new concept in wildlife programming, featuring stunning coverage of Europe’s most spectacular animals in their natural habitats", the programme came from a purpose-built stage on the edge of the River Liffey.

It featured contributions from leading wildlife broadcasters from Ireland, Spain, Netherlands, Slovenia, Romania and Norway.