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Laois man set to head up new nature Podcast

Ricky Whelan
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A new podcast has been launched by BirdWatch Ireland in partnership with Laois and Offaly County Councils – with a Laois man at the helm.

“In your Nature” will be available each Monday from March 1 for six weeks and further series will follow in the summer and autumn.

The podcast will be free and available on all leading podcast providers, including Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts.

“In your Nature” will be anchored by Laois native Ricky Whelan, Project Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, and the well-known media voice of Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland.

Many people in Laois will know Ricky from his work around the county on swift conservation, and also his roles with the Irish Wildlife Trust and Abbeyleix Bog Project.

As a true Midlands conservation expert, The Rock/Mountmellick man is the ideal voice to lead out this new podcast – an excellent communicator, he delivers regular events and lectures on various bird and biodiversity related topics and has contributed to many radio broadcasts and podcasts both in Ireland and the UK.

The spring series of the podcast will feature topics like the dawn chorus, nest boxes and looking at nature during lockdown.

The podcast will also look at wider biodiversity, including spring plants and the bogs of the midlands.

Ricky said: “I’m delighted we could team up with the local authorities and the Keep Well Campaign to produce this podcast.

“Just talking about birds and nature excites me and lifts my mood and I hope our audience also gets a lift from listening and in-turn feel a little closer to nature.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.