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- Des O’Driscoll

Back From The Brink

RTÉ One, 6.30pm

Derek Mooney narrates a documentar­y about individual conservati­on projects that’s also being broadcast in six other European countries. The Irish strand focuses on attempts to reintroduc­e the red kit, a bird of prey that disappeare­d in this country by the end of the 19th century.

We see how a new population in Wicklow is gradually spreading to other countries. Other featured projects include the Italian wolf, back from the brink of extinction; the brown bears of Spain; and the Eurasian Lynx in Slovenia. We also see an incredible rewilding project in the Caingorms, Scotland — often held up as an example of what could be achieved in parts of Ireland – which has involved collaborat­ion between landowners, government and conservati­on charities.

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