Secrets of the Irish Landscape
A landmark series that follows in the footsteps of Ireland's greatest botanist Robert Lloyd Praeger, discovering the true makeup of our distinct and unique plant life. Presenter Derek Mooney embarks on an epic journey around Ireland and Europe piecing together the jigsaw of clues to tell for the first time, the epic story of our landscape and how it came to be, since the last Ice Age.
S01:E01 - Part 1
Standing by a small pool near Roundstone bog in the west of Ireland, any first-time European botanist would be both confused and startled by the mixture of plant types. The pools from which grow American Pipewort and Water Lobelia, are fringed by Spanish heathers, while the rocky knolls over which Siberian Juniper straggles are also abode to two Pyrenean plants...
S01:E02 - Part 2
Derek discovers how humans and particularly Ireland's first farmers around 6,000 years ago, completely altered the Irish landscape. New scientific research now shows how the population of Ireland was almost wiped out by dramatic weather events around 4,000 years ago.
S01:E03 - Part 3
Derek Mooney discovers how the modern Irish landscape came to be. As waves of invaders and new ideas were imported into Ireland, each phase of our history leaves indelible marks on the land, nor more so than the famine, and we are only now fully understanding the impact that this tragic event had on creating the modern landscape.
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