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TV | Barra’s Return Of The Wild

Climate change is one of the biggest environmental challenges the planet faces, and this looming threat has led many to consider our impact on the natural world around us.

A new two-part series, Barra’s Return Of The Wild, starting Monday 24 May on BBC One Northern Ireland, explores inspirational conservation stories from across Europe and the UK, that are making a difference.

From a Roseate Tern breeding colony in the Irish Sea to the Swiss town of Bellinzona where reduced light pollution has helped Vesper Bats, the series meets conservationists who are finding ways for humans and endangered wildlife to coexist together.

Barra meets Dr Josh Twining from Queen's University at Slieve Gullion, County Armagh.

In programme one, Barra travels to Slieve Gullion in County Armagh where the recovering Pine Marten population has benefited the native red squirrels - who are under threat from grey squirrels - and is restoring local woodland ecosystems.

The Artic Fox has almost vanished from polar regions due to changing conditions, but a nationwide project in Norway is securing a new future for these animals.

In Barcelona, conservationists join forces with local communities to protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles who began hatching eggs on the city’s beaches for the first time in 2020.

In episode one Barra meets Katy Bell from Ulster Wildlife.

Barra’s Return Of The Wild, starting Monday 24 May at 7.35pm, is a fascinating look at European and UK conservation projects that are making a difference to the world around us.


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