An Irish Sanctuary:
The History and Natural History of the North Bull Island is a 3-part series which looks at the fascinating history and natural history of the North Bull Island, home to over 1100 species of organisms including plants, insects, birds and mammals. In winter the island holds more than 35,000 wildfowl including internationally significant numbers of the iconic Brent Goose. It also plays host to thousands of human visitors each year who come to take in the rugged beauty of the island or use it for activities ranging from swimming and golf to kite-surfing and bird watching. Join producer and presenter Edd Kealy as he takes us on a journey of discovery in this fascinating natural history series.
Programme one focuses on the history of the North Bull Island and we get a taste of the excitement of searching for arriving spring birds.
We learn the history of the formation of the Bull Island with local historian Dennis McIntyre.
We speak to author and historian Kieran MC Nally about the island’s literary tradition and fascinating history
We will also spend a beautiful spring April morning with ornithologist and botanist Tom Cooney looking for migrating spring birds.