New TV show explores the wildlife of Ireland’s cities

Urban Wildlife in Ireland

Irish hares at Dublin Airport’s busy car park

A new TV show produced by Crossing the Line Films and due to air on RTÉ over the coming weeks focuses the spotlight on the wildlife living alongside us in Ireland’s busiest cities.

Wild Cities, a four part series that starts on Sunday the 08 May at 6:30 pm on RTÉ One, is set on the streets of Cork, Dublin, Galway and Belfast. From urban foxes prowling city streets after dark, to badgers visiting gardens for a nightly jam-sandwich fix; herring gulls on rooftops to herons at the market to otters, owls and even seals; the series explores the wildlife all around us in the urban jungle, often in the most unexpected places.

The award winning Wicklow-based production company has employed cutting edge camera technology, including infra-red night vision and super slow motion, to capture a truly unique perspective on Ireland’s urban wilderness.

“We wanted to show these animals that have adapted to living alongside us, but few of us ever notice them,” said producer, Cepa Giblin. “There are so many intriguing stories to tell. These are clever, tenacious, opportunistic animals, such as the urban fox, pigeon and the herring gull, who – love them or hate them – have found a niche in our most densely populated cities. This is a really exciting new series for us and for RTÉ”

Fresh new presenters guide us through a hidden world of wildlife

The series is presented by four new presenters for RTÉ, each with a particular affinity for the city they cover. The first episode explores Galway with bird expert and Galway native John Lusby, the following week zoologist and “Northsider” Rob Gandola takes us on a wild tour of Dublin, week three sees Cork blow-in, environmental scientist Dr Tara Shine, leading us through the wild wonders of her adopted city and finally biologist and science communicator Simon Watt reveals the fascinating wildlife of Belfast.

Otter Galway WEB

An otter in Galway City

Dates for your diary

The series runs on Sunday evenings for four weeks:

  • Episode 1: Galway Sunday May 8th 6.30pm
  • Episode 2: Dublin    Sunday May 15th 6.30pm
  • Episode 3: Cork      Sunday May 22nd 6.30pm
  • Episode 4: Belfast     Sunday May 29th 6.30pm
About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success

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