Two of RTÉ’s best-known broadcasters will go wild in Abbeyleix for the launch of National Biodiversity Week on Saturday 19 May.
RTÉ presenters Éanna Ní Lamhna from ‘Mooney Goes Wild’ and Anja Murray from ‘Eco Eye’ will visit Abbeyleix Bog for a “spectacular flagship event”.
Here, there will be a three-hour tour of the extraordinary 500 acre wildlife sanctuary, which will be guided by national and local experts.
These experts, including Chris Uys of the Abbeyleix Bog Project, will discus the work of the voluntary team in protecting and cultivating biodiversity on the bog.
Other speakers will include Groundwork’s Trevor Halpin, Dr Shane Regan and Michael Swenson, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Denise O’Meara, Ruth Hanniffy of the Vincent Wildlife Trust and Kieran Flood from Irish Wildlife Trust.
A glorious dusk chorus will end the day on a high note from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Not the first celebrity visit
This is not the first famous visit to Abbeyleix Bog. President Michael D Higgins visited the bog in May of last year.
Several species are native only to Abbeyleix Bog and there is a possiblity of discovering hundreds more, given its diverse ecosystems.