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Michael Viney pens ‘Wild Mayo’


Limestone lakes and turloughs, moorland and machair – Mayo’s dramatic landscape offers unspoiled natural habitats that are now among the most precious in western Europe.
Its bogs and unpolluted rivers and lakes are home to rare plants and animals; its offshore islands shelter breeding seabirds and migrant Arctic geese.
‘Wild Mayo’, Michael Viney’s new tome, takes the reader on a journey of discovery through the county. This illustrated book describes the rich wildlife and flora of a remarkable range of habitats, from mountain summit to pristine Atlantic shore.
Writer, painter and naturalist Michael Viney lives on the Mayo coast below Mweelrea Mountain. He has written and illustrated a weekly column on nature and ecology for The Irish Times for more than 30s years now.
A prolific writer, his catalogue of books include ‘Ireland: A Smithsonian Natural History’, written for America’s Smithsonian Institution; ‘A Year’s Turning’, a month-by-month chronicle of life at Thallabawn; and ‘Ireland’s Ocean: A Natural History’, published by The Collins Press.
‘Wild Mayo’, by Michael Viney, is produced and published by Mayo County Council, as part of its Heritage Programme. It is available in most Mayo bookshops for €15 (hardback).