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    Mooney, Friday December 19th 2014

    On Mooney Goes Wild today...

    What should you feed your garden birds during the cold months ahead? Seeds, of course - and maybe peanuts? We find out how tiny coastal streams dotted along the coast of Ireland provide vital spawning channels for our ocean-going sea trout. And we report on the influx of waders on Sandymount Strand.

    Garden Birds & Waders

    To browse through Jim Wilson's guide to garden birds, click here, and for more information on Ireland's waders, click here.

    Mooney's Money

    We've €1,000 to give away today to save or spend as you please, take a break from your bills, or a make a break to the sun, it's up to you!

    For your chance to win the cash, answer the following competition question:

    Friday, December 19th 2014:

    According to tradition, what mode of transport does Santa use when delivering Christmas gifts?

    a)   Sleigh or

    b)   Jeep

    If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:

    ROI: 1515 71 72 00

    NI: 0901 293 3501

    or text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (ROI & NI)

    Each text entry costs €1 (incl VAT) or GBP £1.00. Calls from the eircom network will cost €1.02 (incl VAT) and from a BT landline will cost GBP £1.02. Calls from other networks and from mobiles will cost more.

    Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry. 

    Competition lines are open now and will close at 4.15pm today (19/12/14). Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of the Mooney show each day.

    For full terms and conditions, please click here.

    Saving Scottish Salmon Stocks

    We have spoken on this programme before about how changes in the oceans are impacting on salmon survival. But according to resident marine biologist Ken Whelan, we need to keep a very keen eye on changes in freshwater as well as in the ocean.

    River Dee

    Ken has just returned from a trip to the River Dee in Scotland, where he was looking at work being done to tackle the frightening rise in water temperatures. According to the Dee Catchment Partnership, 'DEFRA [the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs] predicts an approximate 4°C increase in mean summer temperatures by 2080 for the Deeside area, which is extremely concerning for the status of salmonids and species that rely on them. The impacts of temperature increases will be particularly damaging to wildlife in watercourses in the upper Dee area because of the lack of trees along the riverbanks. [...] The Upper Dee Riparian Woodland Restoration Scheme aims to reduce these effects by establishing native trees over 70 kilometers of riverbank in the upper catchment.'

    Atlantic Salmon

    Ken joins Derek and our panel in studio to chat about the work being done on the River Dee. For more information on the River Dee scheme, click here.

    Feeding Birds Peanuts

    Feeding the birds in winter is a tradition that goes back many years. Many studies have shown that this extra food can be a life saver at this time of year. But what do we feed them with? For a long time it was just stale bread, but in recent years peanuts have become the staple diet.


    However, we here at Mooney Goes Wild have been getting reports of birds turning their noses up at peanuts! Even our own Terry Flanagan has noticed it in his garden. What might be the cause? We sent bird expert, Niall Hatch, of BirdWatch Ireland over to Terry’s garden to investigate...

    A redpoll

    To browse through Jim Wilson's guide to garden birds, click here.

    Wetland Birds On Sandymount Strand

    This morning, Richard Collins met up with Niall Tierney, from BirdWatch Ireland, on Dublin's Sandymount Strand, to hear about the wetland birds to be found on the Strand at this time of the year.

    Niall Tierney and Richard Collins

    For more information on the birds that can be found in the area, click here. And for the Mooney Goes Wild guide to Ireland's waders, click here.

    Arctic Ground Squirrels Unlock Permafrost Carbon

    We’ve all heard about the role we can play as humans in reducing our carbon footprint and how we can affect climate change through our day-to-day habits... We also know that a huge amount of greenhouse gases come from livestock animals, bred by humans. Taken collectively, they have an enormous carbon footprint.

    But what about WILD animals? What about their carbon footprint, not just from the gases they emit, but the different ways they interact with the environment around the globe?

    Researchers in the United States have recently studied the role that arctic ground squirrels are playing in the release of greenhouse gases from the vast frozen store of carbon beneath the surface of the earth’s surface. The researchers say it suggests the impact of WILDLIFE on this area has been underplayed.

    Dr Susan Natali is with the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts.  But this afternoon, she joins us on the line from San Francisco, and the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union...

    The Night Of The Big Wind

    Oíche na Gaoithe Móire (The Night Of The Big Wind) is a TV documentary that will be going out in the New Year, on January 6th.  It will be broadcast on RTÉ One at 10.15pm and BBC Two Northern Ireland, at 11.20pm.

    Eanna ni Lamhna has had a sneak preview of the documentary, and she tells us what she made of it...

    Mooney Tunes Tickets Available


    Here on RTÉ Radio 1, every Christmas since 2010 has seen the broadcast of a very special concert: our annual feast of festive fun - our Christmas Mooney Tunes! There is something about having these shows around the Christmas period that allows us to put on a real celebration.

    Our Christmas concert this year, Mooney Tunes 11, will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, on the evening of Sunday, December 21st, just four days before Christmas Day. So what better way than to wind down the clock with a great concert, full of variety, full of talent, in the company of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Mr. Derek Mooney?!

    Tickets for the concert are now on sale! To be sure of getting your tickets, head down to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre or contact Ticketmaster now!

    The date: Sunday, December 21st 2014
    The venue:
     Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
    The time:
     8pm (doors at 7pm)
    To book tickets:
     visit the box office of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, or book via Ticketmaster (call 0818 719 377 or click here)


    24hr Bookings: 0818 719 377
    Group Bookings Tel: 01 677 7770

    The phenomenally popular MOONEY TUNES is back with a Christmas special! The show will run for one night only on Sunday, December 21st at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

    Join Derek Mooney as he celebrates the best of Irish talent in this light-hearted, rollercoaster night of Christmas entertainment with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and a bucket-load of stellar guests.
    Prepare for an abundance of laughs, cheers and, above all, surprises. The line-up includes Jack L., Rebecca Storm, Camille O'Sullivan, John Molloy and Máire Flavin, and with more to be announced at a later date this is set to be the best Mooney Tunes yet!

    As always, MOONEY TUNES is programmed by you, for you. As Derek says, "...the best thing about MOONEY TUNES is you never know what's coming next!"

    Brought to you by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in association with RTÉ Radio 1's MOONEY.

    Tickets are now on sale from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre box office, or through Ticketmaster. Tickets cost from €10.



    Ph: 01 677-7770

    Letters To Santa!

    For all the children out there who are getting really excited about Christmas and looking forward to waking up and finding that Santa has delivered all those special presents right to your homes, take note!

    It's time to start writing your very own letters to Santa and posting them here, into Mooney. Tell us what you would really love from Santa this Christmas, but also tell us bit about yourselves too - what you've been getting up to in the past year, some of your favourite moments, about your family - mum, dad, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cats and dogs - and if you've got a piece of writing or a poem or even a joke which you've written and you’re especially proud of it, don't forget to enclose that too!

    Please bear in mind that Santa Claus is very busy at this time of year, and has a lot of letters to read, so keep yours as short as you can and make sure that you get it into Mooney as soon as you can!

    You can send your letters by post to:

    Santa Claus
    c/o Mooney
    RTÉ Radio Centre
    Dublin 4

    or send them by e-mail: Please include 'Letter To Santa' in the subject line of your e-mail. And if you're very lucky, Santa will read out your letter right here on RTÉ Radio 1, on Christmas Eve!

    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.

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    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


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