On Mooney Goes Wild tonight: The Wildlife Of The Wooden Bridge
We want to take you for a walk, on a Dublin saunter, to a place that Derek has been coming to for the past few months: the Wooden Bridge that links North Bull Island in Dublin Bay to the mainland. The Bull Island, as it's known informally, is a nature lover’s paradise - a magnificent sandbank about 5km long and 800m wide, which has not only national, but worldwide significance for its incredible birds, mammals, flora and insect life.
North Bull Island is a specially protected area and, almost forty years ago, it was designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Not only that, but it’s the only one of its kind in the Europe, possibly in the world, because it lies within the heart of a capital city.
On this very special walk, we discover the exceptionally rich wildlife along our way, in the company of some old friends! If you were to walk along the Wooden Bridge, you can see the exact measurement markings clearly engraved on the wood beneath your feet - and at every one of those, we meet one of our Mooney Goes Wild regulars; Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan, Eanna ni Lamhna and Niall Hatch are those providing us with an even greater understanding and appreciation of this rare treasure which lies right on our very doorstep...
At the finish line: the Realt na Mara (Star Of The Sea) Statue - from left to right: Derek Mooney, Eanna ni Lamhna, Terry Flanagan, RIchard Collins and Niall Hatch
More Pictures From The Wooden Bridge
Left: Niamh ni Cholmain, Community Liason Officer with Dublin City Council - Dublin Bay is a UNESCO Biosphere; right: Niamh with Sea Scouts
Left: some of the litter that can unfortunately be seen in the vicinity; right: sign reminding walkers to keep dogs on leads
To see more pictures from this Wooden Bridge programme recording, please visit our Flickr Album from the day!
Dublin Bay Biosphere
Dublin City Parks
Wildlife Of The North Bull Island
Birds Of The Bull Island