Up close and personal

Wildlife expert Colin Stafford-Johnson at the Skelligs.
Wildlife expert Colin Stafford-Johnson at the Skelligs.

UP close and personal with our otters and puffins, wildlife expert Colin Stafford-Johnson is to give the nation's viewers a window on the lives of these fascinating creatures as part of the sixth series of hit show Living The Wildlife.

From the Skelligs to our rivers, Kerry features prominently in the new series as presenter Colin ranges far around the county in search of elusive otters and migratory puffins.

The first programme of six programmes in the Living the Wildlife series was screeed on Tuesday at 7pm, giving television viewers a more intimate vantage than most are accustomed to. Colin visits Kerry in episode four, which will be broadcast on Tuesday, April 8, when he goes hunting the elusive otter.

After days of searching, he eventually came upon an active holt hidden among twisted tree roots beside a river. WIth the aid of high-tech cameras, he was able to capture what is described as 'extraordinary footage' of a mother and her cub.

Skellig Michael and Skellig Beag are his destination the following week, Tuesday, April 15, in an episode shot to coincide with the return of the beautiful puffins.

Again, Colin got up and close to the puffins as well as some Manx shearwater using high-tech equipment in what's promised to provide another rich, visual treat for viewers.