Mooney Goes Wild

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    Mooney Goes Wild, Sunday May 17th 2015


    On Mooney Goes Wild tonight...

    We hear how Derek and his A Team of ornithologists and helpers liberated our female mallard duck and ten young ducklings from an enclosed courtyard in RTÉ to Herbert Park. And Niall Hatch explains why Irish NGOs want to save laws that protect European nature.


    NestWatch 2015: The Mallards - The Relocation

    Five weeks ago, a female mallard duck appeared in an enclosed, first-floor courtyard within one of the buildings in RTÉ. She made herself a nest within one of the planters and, content with the location, proceeded to lay a total of ten eggs. Staff working nearby, including Roisin and Breege, kept Mum fed and watered, and content.

    Fast forward to last Wednesday, and those eggs began to hatch. Soon viewers to NestWatch were rewarded with the sight of little duckling heads nervously poking their heads out from underneath their mother. Our new arrivals had everyone talking: Mooney Goes Wild's NestWatch 2015: The Mallards was featured on The Ray D'Arcy Show, and on RTÉ News:

    But it is in the best interests of the ducklings to reach water within 24 hours of hatching, so very early on Thursday morning, Derek and his 'A' team of Eric Dempsey (ornithologist), Niall Hatch (Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland), Ricky Whelan (Dublin Bay Birds Project Assistant with BirdWatch Ireland) and Roisin O'Meachair and Breege Keegan (who work close to where the duck had nested) liberated Mum and her babies from within the courtyard and relocated them to nearby Herbert Park. 

    The A Team. Eric, Niall, Ricky, Breege and Roisin in Herbert Park

    Tonight, we bring you the story of that relocation...

    Click here to view our NestWatch 2015: The Mallards album on Flickr.


    Nature Alert!

    An internet action called Nature Alert has been launched by over 90 environmental NGOs across Europe, with the aim of stopping any threats to current nature protection efforts and to obtain better implementation and enforcement of Europe’s nature laws. One of those NGOs is BirdWatch Ireland - and to tell us more about Nature Alert, we're joined by Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland...

    To learn more about the campaign, click here.

    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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    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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