One of Ireland's best-known broadcasters, Derek Mooney has been leading the development of wildlife radio broadcasting here for over a decade. His achievements in the natural history field include Habitats, The Nature Line,
Nature trails and Mooney Goes Wild On 1, all for RTÉ Radio 1, Wildtrack on RTÉ TV and Nature Detectives for the BBC. He has also presented and produced RTÉ's most popular phone-in show Liveline, and a host of other daily magazine programmes for RTÉ Radio. Derek is also one of Ireland's most popular television personalities - he presents the weekly national lottery programme Winning Streak on Saturday nights on RTÉ One.
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The well-known botanist and entomologist holds bachelors and masters degrees in Biology from UCD. An experienced radio and television broadcaster (a frequent guest on The Late Late Show) and a fluent Irish speaker, her distinctive voice is so well known that she is even imitated on TV commercials. Her radio interview with Derek on the fleas, ticks and parasites of the human body is a classic of its kind. On the scientific side, Eanna was responsible for much of the ground-breaking species distribution mapping carried out by An Foras Forbartha in the early 1970s. As well as her enthusiasm for creep-crawlies, she has special interest in bats and is deeply involved in education.
An eccentric from Limerick, known as the Swan-man for his pioneering work on what he call his 'giraffe ducks' (he is the official registrar of births marriages and deaths in Mute Swans). Richard is a polymath with degrees in Electrical Engineering, Philosophy, English and a PhD in Zoology. He has published a range of scientific papers on Mute Swans, which have appeared in Irish and foreign journals. An experienced broadcaster and writer, Richard was formerly Honorary Secretary of BirdWatch Ireland. He teaches at the Adult Education Department of University College Dublin, where he is known for his quirky and colourful lecturing style.
A trained biologist, Terry has been teaching Biology at Moyle Park College for the past 25 years. He is a past Secretary of the Institute of Biology of Ireland. He has also contributed enormously in a voluntary capacity to a number of organisations, both wildlife and community radio for many years. He is the roving reporter on Mooney Goes Wild.
Eric Dempsey is a professional bird guide, broadcaster, presenter, speaker and writer. He is the author of the best-selling 'Complete Guide to Ireland' s Birds' published by Gill & MacMillan in 1993 with a revised 2nd edition produced in 2002. He is also the author of 'The Pocket Guide to the Common Birds of Ireland'. He is a regular contributor to 'Mooney Goes Wild' and has also made numerous TV appearances, including a documentary on his birdwatching life as part of RTÉ's 'Obsessions' series.
Jim Wilson lives in Cobh, Co. Cork with his wife and two children. He is a Computer Systems Administrator in Cork University Hospital. He has been interested in Irish wildlife, and birds in particular, for many years. In fact his first nature notebook dates from 1972! He has a particular interest in Ireland's common birds, establishing BirdWatch Ireland's Winter Garden Bird Survey in the early 1990's. One of his most important aims is to heighten people's awareness of the incredible natural heritage we have here in Ireland and campaigning for its protection.
Philip is a native of County Louth and is one of Ireland's best known bee-keepers. On Mooney Goes Wild, he helps the public deal with the many problems presented by swarming bees and wasp's nests. Philip keeps the nation up to date, not only on his beloved bees, but on all of the social insects.
On June 25th 2005, Philip attempted a world bee beard record attempt, when he attempted to attract 500,000 bees onto himself - click here to listen to Philip describe how he got on.
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