Eco Eye 16 Documentary Series – Synopsis
(9 x 25mins, Broadcast January 2018 RTE One, 6.30pm)
In this season of Eco Eye, host Duncan Stewart is joined by ecologist Anja Murray and Dr Lara Dungan to explore critical environmental issues impacting Ireland and abroad. Featuring topics from air pollution to aquatic invasive species, this season documents pioneering research and community action in the fields of medicine, ecology, conservation and more. Filmed all across the country and further afield, it reveals the challenges that our native flora and fauna face today.
Episode 1: ‘Restoring Nature’ – with Anja Murray
Anja Murray studies how humans have changed Ireland’s natural landscape in recent years, and the responsibility that humans now hold in managing an ecosystem that they have irrevocably altered, from predator to prey.
Humans have been responsible for many changes to Ireland’s ecosystems, flora, and fauna. Sometimes species which were introduced as a mere garden pleasantry have now run amok, such as the rhododendron.
We have also been the reason other species have been eliminated, such as the grey wolf. It’s come to a point where we have to step in to manage the delicate balance of our remaining native habitats. Sometimes that means culling unwanted species, but sometimes it means reintroducing those that we have come close to losing.
This episode will explore how nature is changing in our time, and what can be done to preserve our most important ecosystems.