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17th Aug 2022

David Attenborough is coming to Ireland for new nature documentary

Hugh Carr

Wild Isles is set to air on BBC One soon.

Legendary documentarian David Attenborough is bringing his trademark love of nature to Ireland in a new series for the BBC.

The 96-year-old will present Wild Isles, a new five-part series for BBC One and iPlayer focusing on the wildlife of Ireland and Britain.

“In my long lifetime, I have travelled to almost every corner of our planet,” Attenborough said.

“I can assure you that in Ireland and Britain, as well as astonishing scenery there are extraordinary animal dramas and wildlife spectacles to match anything I have seen on my global travels.”

The first episode will explain why Ireland and Britain are globally important for nature, with the remaining four focusing on key habitats – woodlands, grasslands, freshwater, and marine.

Red deer stags in Ireland are set to feature heavily in one of the episodes, along with wild horses in England, grouse in the highlands of Scotland, and bluefin tuna in the Celtic Sea.

The programme is set to showcase the Irish and British countryside like never before, using aerial photography, and motion controlled time-lapse photography.

Macro photography will capture the miniature worlds of rock pools, ponds, and grasslands, with everything shot in 4K resolution.

“I have always wanted to make a landmark series that really does justice to our own extraordinary wildlife,” said Alastair Fothergill, Executive Producer for Wild Isles.

“I am sure people will be amazed at what is happening right on their own doorstep”.

The series is being made by Silverback Films, who previously had worked on such documentaries as Dancing With The Birds, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, and the Disneynature series.

“The multi-award winning team at Silverback are creating an eye-opening celebration of British and Irish wildlife that has to be seen to be believed,” said Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning for Science and Natural History at BBC.

“You’ll think a meadow in Somerset is as beautiful as the Serengeti, and the North Atlantic as wild and dramatic as the Antarctic Ocean.’’