Opening the Carlow Garden Festival for 2019, Colin Stafford Johnson, Irish wildlife cameraman and television presenter will lead a nature walk with a difference along the River Barrow in Leighlinbridge. Discover the flora, fauna and plants of this special river and eco-system.
Participants will be able to enjoy the surrounding nature and explore the wonders it brings. Colin will bring his experiences of filming in the wild to this talk and will show one of his short films in Leighlinbridge Community Centre following conclusion of the walk. Suitable for all ages.
Venue: The Parish Centre, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow, R93 KR83
Time: 11 a.m. Session 1.5 hours
Admission: FREE Pre-booking is advised
Remember to wear suitable walking shoes
Award-winning cameraman, director and broadcaster.
One of the best known faces on Irish television, Colin is currently filming a new series for the BBC Natural History Unit following animal families around the world. Earlier this year, Colin was on our screens presenting Wild UK on BBC One.
Last year, Colin filmed and presented Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World on BBC Two and the eighth series of Living the Wildlife on BBC One in which he examines the richness and variety of Irish wildlife.
He has also presented a six-part radio series Wild Lives for RTÉ. His documentary On a River in Ireland, based on his exploration by canoe of the flora and fauna of the River Shannon through four seasons, won the Grand Teton at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Golden Panda at Wildscreen.
He also presented Bioblitz, a live TV event celebrating biodiversity for RTÉ. In 2013 he presented and filmed Meet the Monkeys, for BBC NHU Natural World.
Further afield and over the last two decades, Colin has been involved in many highly acclaimed wildlife productions. He has tracked and filmed animals all over the world including jaguars in the Amazon and birds of paradise in New Guinea and he won an Emmy for cinematography on the film Mississippi – Tales of the Last River Rat.
Many of his films focus on big cats and he spent many months filming the behaviour of wild tigers in India, producing memorable and definitive documentaries including BBC’s Natural World: Queen of Tigers and a series following the fortunes of a tiger called Broken Tail and his family. Broken Tail: a Tiger’s Last Journey, produced by Crossing the Line Films, reflects Colin’s personal quest to follow the fate of the young tiger who was killed 200km from his home in a supposedly well protected tiger reserve. This compelling documentary exposing the plight of India’s last surviving wild tigers, won top honours at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and at the International Wildlife Film Festival.