Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World

Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World

Series 1 - Episode 1



Hanging like an emerald jewel off the map of Europe, Ireland was for millennia the very edge of the known world for Europeans and the last stop for countless animals migrating westwards.

In the first of this two-part doc, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson travels along Ireland’s spectacular western coastline, from Skellig Rocks to Clew Bay (where he now lives). As well as golden eagles, humpback whales and the island’s last herd of red deer, he sees vast numbers of seals coming ashore to fight and mate, as well as a lonely dolphin who has set up residence off the striking Burren region.


Part one of two. Natural history cinematographer Colin Stafford-Johnson begins a journey along Ireland's Atlantic coast by exploring the ancient ruins and wildlife of the Skellig Rocks in the south west, where early Christian monks built a monastery 1,500 years ago. He then ventures to the deserted Blasket Islands to witness vast numbers of seals coming ashore to fight, mate and moult during winter. Moving inland, Colin heads to the nation's highest mountain range in search of the last surviving herd of red deer, before setting off back to the coast on the trail of humpback whales en route to Clew Bay.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson
Director John Murray
Director Cepa Giblin
Editor Jamie Fitzpatrick
Producer John Murray