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Dawn Chorus Special - 7th June 2021
The mics ready to go at Cuskinny - Photo Derek Mooney
Every year on International Dawn Chorus Day we present a marathon broadcast celebrating the beauty of birdsong. This year it came at a time when interest in nature had never been higher due to the trauma of the Covid 19 pandemic. The joy and optimism engendered by the sound of birds doing what they do best – had been discovered by many for the first time.
The crew ready to go at Cuskinny
The Dawn Chorus never ceases – it moves like a great wave across the face of the earth – and we brought you on a melodious journey from darkness into light – as dawn broke and the birds woke up - bursting into song.
Niall Hatch at Cuckinny - Photo Derek Mooney
In a new departure this year we explored the shared natural heritage of the Celtic world. We were joined by our BBC colleagues in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – and by our other Celtic cousins in Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man.
Paddy Glackin in Studio 8
The birds weren't the only ones making music – as two of Ireland's most acclaimed traditional musicians – Dónal Lunny and Paddy Glackin – brought us a selection of beautiful nature-inspired tunes.
Donal Lunny in Studio 8
From 1am we had three special documentaries on the Eider Duck, the White Stork and the Curlew – and at 4am we started our live 3-hour broadcast.
Jim Wilson at Cuskinny - Photo Derek Mooney
As well as our correspondents around the Celtic fringe – we invited you to send us Whatsapps of the dawn chorus wherever you were, members of the regular Mooney Goes Wild team were at locations throughout Ireland – and Derek was based in Cuskinny Marsh in Cobh, Co Cork – with BirdWatch Ireland’s Development Officer Niall Hatch – and Ornithologist and Naturalist Jim Wilson.
The outside broadcast van trying in vain to blend in - Photo Derek Mooney