Ireland

About

An Ice Age legacy shapes the richly textured natural world of Ireland.

Although green is its emblematic color, Ireland’s verdant fields are not the nation’s only extraordinary natural features. Sculpted millions of years ago by the advance and retreat of vast shields of ice, the Emerald Isle harbors a wealth of wildlife among its craggy mountains, fog-shrouded coastlines, steep gorges, and vast networks of inland waterways.

Situated in the North Atlantic, Ireland is often buffeted by Atlantic storms but also enjoys the mild influences of the Gulf Stream, which passes nearby on its journey from the waters off Florida to the coast of Norway.

The first settlers of Ireland are believed to have arrived some 9,000 years ago. Impenetrable forests at first confined them to the coastline, where abundant fish and dense oyster beds in shallow waters offered an easy food source. Penetrating the forests, the population gradually moved inland, spreading across a strange and varied landscape of steep mountains, island-filled bays, dry grasslands, peat bogs, and the enigmatic Burren, a terrain marked by limestone outcroppings and huge boulders strewn by the retreating glaciers.

NATURE’s Ireland also explores the island’s diverse wildlife, from the peregrine falcons who haunt the mountainsides to the puffins, gannets, and dippers who nest and breed on the offshore islands, the salmon who journey upstream into its waters to spawn, and the otters, stoats, badgers, red deer, and other mammals that make Ireland their home.

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Online content for Ireland was originally posted March 2004.

Production Credits Print

Television Credits

Narrated by
JASON O'MARA

Produced by
KAREN PARTRIDGE

Photography
JOHN WATERS

Additional Photography
COLIN STAFFORD JOHNSON
TONY ALLEN
DOUG ANDERSON
MARTIN CRAY
SIMON NIBLETT
STEVE PHILLIPS
ROBIN SMITH

Film Editor
DARREN FLAXSTONE

Music by
DAVID POORE

Dubbing Editors
JAMES BURCHILL
BEN JONES

Dubbing Mixer
ADAM PALMER

Graphic Design
OLAUS ROE

Script Editor
SOPHIE COOPER

Scientific Advisors
DAVID CABOT
BRENDAN DUNFORD
STEPHEN HEERY
OSCAR MERNE
PADDY SLEEMAN

Assistant Producer
LAURA HARVEY

Production Team
ALEX BRIGGS
BRITTA HOLDEN
TESSA KIERNAN
NICOLA STALL

Tigress Productions Wishes to Thank:
NASA
The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Environment and Heritage Service (Northern Ireland)
Commissioners of Irish Lights
Ken Wheelan and The Marine Institute
Birdwatch Ireland
The Ceide Fields Visitors Centre
The Delphi Fishery
Dolphin Discovery
Jason Bolton
Simon Berrow
Michael Davoren
Eric Dempsey
Clodagh Lynch
The Neale Family
John Oxx
James Pembroke
Nico Rippen
Marc Ruddock

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
JILL CLARKE
PATTY JACOBSON

Associate Producers
GIANNA SAVOIE
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Secretary
KELLY LAFFERTY

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Online Editor
JAY SLOT

Sound Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive in Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A Co-Production of Tigress Productions Ltd., Thirteen/WNET New York and British Broadcasting Corporation

© 2004 Educational Broadcasting Corporation and Tigress Productions Limited

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

 

Web Credits

Producers
DANIEL B. GREENBERG
MARY HOPE GARCIA

Designers
MICHAEl DIMAURO
KAREN MATTSON
RADIK SHVARTS

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Writer
DAVID MALAKOFF

Production Artist
RUIYAN XU

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

About the Writer

David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.

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