To whet appetites in advance of Nature LIVE, we will begin with a specially-commissioned half hour programme all about Ireland’s boglands, one of the most important yet most threatened natural habitats on our island. It is presented from Lough Boora Bog in County Offaly by Derek Mooney and Sinéad Kennedy and produced in conjunction with Bord na Móna.
Bogs have been a vital source of fuel and sustenance for Ireland’s people for millennia, but there has been growing recognition in recent times that human exploitation of them has brought many species of plants and animals to the brink of extinction. During this programme, we will investigate the measures currently underway to try to redress the balance and to restore some of our boglands to their former glory, so that they can once again be havens for native flora and fauna.
The vital role that bogs play in preventing flooding and in helping to fight climate change will also be examined and Derek will also report on a very successful project run by Bord na Móna at Edenderry to provide safe nesting opportunities for the spectacular Peregrine Falcon, the fastest animal on the planet.
Turf Life – A Day On The Bog airs on Friday, 4th May 2018 at 8.30pm