Mooney Goes Wild

    Sunday, 10am-11am, RTÉ Radio 1

    ***PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF BROADCAST TIME!***

    From Sunday, July 26th, for five weeks, Mooney Goes Wild will be broadcast live between 10am and 11am. A new five-part series, Mooney Goes Wild - Habitats, will be broadcast on Sunday nights from 10pm-11pm.

    Mooney Goes Wild is repeated on Friday (RTÉ Radio 1, 4am-5am), and Saturday (RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, 10am-11am)

    Mooney Goes Wild - Habitats is repeated on Thursday (RTÉ Radio 1, 10pm-11pm), 

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    Mooney Goes Wild, Sunday July 26th 2015

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    Mooney Goes Wild - Habitats

    Biologist, Terry Flanagan, Ornithologist, Eric Dempsey & Botanist Matthew Jebb take listeners on a wondrous journey into the habitats of some of our native & exotic plant & animals
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    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 26/07/15

    Visit www.rte.ie/mooney for full details on all the items discussed on this morning's show!
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    Gulls Grab The Headlines!

    In the week that our Taoiseach Enda Kenny was speaking at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry, answering questions about the economic crash, it was seagulls who were grabbing all the newspaper headlines, in scenes reminiscent of the classic Alfred Hitchock movie, The Birds...

    'SEAGULL SWOOPS TO STEAL €350 SMARTPHONE FROM GRAN'
    ‘BOY NEARLY LOSES FINGER AND PENSIONER LEFT BLOODIED BY ‘CANNIBAL BIRDS’
    ‘HANNIBAL PECKTER STRIKES’
    ‘GIANT GULLS KILL SHEEP IN HORRIFIC DISPLAY OF AGGRESSION, STRAIGHT OUT OF HITCHCOCK HORROR FILM’
    ‘KILLER SEAGULLS ATE MY TORTOISE’
    'SEAGULL PECKS DOG TO DEATH IN GARDEN'

    They've attacked dogs - so is it really that all farfetched to think that seagulls could attack babies? Richard Collins and Eanna ni Lamhna give us their reaction to those headline-grabbing gulls... 

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    Apiarian Roundup With Philip McCabe

    Our very own bee expert, Philip McCabe, has just been appointed World President of Apimondia, the global beekeeping federation, and we're delighted that Philip is with us this morning to tell us all about it!  He also meets three students from Trinity College in Dublin, who are studying the removal of the varroa mite from honey bees, in a new project called Blazer... 

    About Blazer...

    Blazer is developing new systems for the removal of the dangerous varroa mite from honey bees. Varroa mite infestation is a truly a global problem leading to colony collapse disorder. In the U.S. 30% of hives die from Varroa infestations annually. This accounts for an annual loss of $6.44billion from pollination, honey, and beeswax for the U.S. economy. Their system will be easily installed to existing hives and removes Varroa mites from bees.

    The team comprises Francis Yates (Engineering), Joseph Lanzillotta (BESS) and John O’Reilly (Engineering). Joseph Lanzillotta said: "LaunchBox has provided invaluable support and opportunity for us to develop our device to save honeybees from Varroa mite infestations.”

    Gormanston Beekeeping Course

    The Annual Beekeeping Summer Course 2015 will take place at the Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co Meath from Sunday 26th of July to Friday 31st of July 2015.  For more information, visit www.irishbeekeeping.ie/index.php/gormanston.

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    Answering Machine Mission: Lammas

    On the programme, we're here to help YOU! Do you have a problem, a wildlife problem? If so, why not get in touch, and we will send our reporter, Terry Flanagan, out to investigate! That's exactly what Peter Foody, from Co. Kildare, did, when he noticed some strange, alien-like growth on his oak trees. And what was it? Lammas growth, which in fact is quite common at this time of year, and in no way harmful to your plants. Terry went to find out more...

    Habitats - Programme 1

    A new five-part series, Mooney Goes Wild - Habitats, begins tonight on RTÉ Radio 1. Over the next five weeks, biologist Terry Flanagan, ornithologist Eric Dempsey and botanist Matthew Jebb take listeners on a wondrous journey into the habitats of some our native and exotic plant and animal species.

    Hedgerow

    On this evening's programme, Terry Flanagan explores the hedgerow habitat with Eugene Delany, Eric Dempsey finds out about the skylarks of the Shannon callows from Alex Copland, and Sinéad Renshaw visits the National Botanic Gardens, to learn from its Director Matthew Jebb about the flora of the rainforest, in particular the spectacular banana tree...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Habitats will be broadcast on Sunday nights from 10pm-11pm.  The programme will be repeated on Thursdays (RTÉ Radio 1, 10pm-11pm). For more information about the series, click here.

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    How Mosquitoes Choose Their Victims

    On Friday, the world's first malaria vacine got the green light from European drugs regulators, who recommended it as safe and effective to use in babies in Africa at risk of the mosquito-borne disease. But why do mosquitoes choose to bite us in the first place, and can we do anything to prevent it from happening?  Professor Jeff Riffell (pictured left) is a biologist at the University of Washington, and a scientist involved in newly published research investigating why mosquitoes bite who they do, and what we can do to prevent bites. He joins us on the programme today with some very interesting and quite unexpected strategies... For more information about the new research, click here, And to read Jeff Riffell's paper 'Mosquitoes Use Vision To Associate Odor Plumes With Thermal Targets', click here.

    Mosquito

    During the week, Mooney Goes Wild Broadcast Co-Ordinator Sinéad Renshaw visited the Tropical Medical Bureau, to talk to their Medical Director Dr. Graham Fry, about strategies and devices to prevent mozzie bites spoiling your holiday! To hear the full interview, click here.

    Dr. Graham Fry

    Hedgerows: It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.

    If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie

    If you require a CD copy of this programme please e-mail tapes@rte.ie.  Transfer fees and terms and conditions apply.

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