There are few people who aren't fascinated by wildlife - who can say they haven't been impressed by the best of the nature documentaries that have become so common on television? It's in our DNA to be interested, for we're as much a part of the living planet as anything else. Despite what modern culture might think of itself we're as connected to the wildlife around us as we've ever been - we just don't take as much notice anymore. We need bees to pollinate our food crops, bats to control insect numbers, trees to produce oxygen, earthworms to fertilise the soil; the list goes on forever and everything has its place. In Ireland we get different wildlife at different times of the year, from butterflies in summer to the great whales in winter. We may not have cheetahs or polar bears but there's plenty to be fascinated by on this small island.
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