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Caring For Wild Animals

Please note that many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates etc... are protected under law and that, even with the best of intentions, only someone holding a relevant licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service should attempt the care of these animals.  For full details, please click here to read the NPWS Checklist of protected & rare species in Ireland.  If you are concerned about a wild animal, please contact your local wildlife ranger - click here for details.

Events & Listings

Click here for a full list of events taking place around the country, and movies currently on release, which might be of interest to wildlife lovers!

Robin - The Christmas Bird

The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees.  But is Robin Redbreast having us on?  Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems?  Does he deserve his special Christmas place?  Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates!  To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.

Below is a list of various nature and wildlife websites, and links to various documents of interest. And remember, sharing is caring! So if you come across a website that you think might be of interest to the rest of our listeners, do let us know - e-mail the details to mooney@rte.ie, and we'll add it to the list below!

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General

www.iwt.ie (Irish Wildlife Trust)

www.irelandswildlife.com

www.npws.ie (National Parks & Wildlife Service)

www.biodiversityireland.ie (National Biodiversity Data Centre)

www.heritagecouncil.ie

www.heritagecouncil.ie/fileadmin/user_upload/Publications/Education/Wildlife_in_Schools.pdf (Wild Things At School - A Book For Primary School Teachers, by Eanna ni Lamhna - pdf document, 72 pages)

www.museum.ie (National Museum of Ireland, including Natural History Museum)

www.antaisce.org (The National Trust for Ireland)

www.ien.ie (Irish Environmental Network)

www.qub.ac.uk/sites/Quercus (ecological research within the School of Biological Sciences, Queens University, Belfast)

www.irishwildlifematters.ie (Wildlife First Aid information)

www.teagasc.ie (Agriculture and Food Development Authority)

www.invasivespeciesireland.com

www.biology.ie (Biodiversity Awareness website)

www.ecounesco.ie

www.foe.ie (Friends Of The Earth)

www.wildside.ie (Wildlife in Wexford)

www.wexfordnaturalists.com (Wexford Naturalists Field Club)

www.corkcoco.ie/co/web/Cork%20County%20Council/Departments/Heritage/Aspects/Wildlife (Wildlife in Cork)

www.ireland.com/en-us/about-ireland/discover-ireland/where-to-get-up-close-to-irelands-wildlife (Ireland's Wildlife)

www.enfo.ie (ENFO - Environmental Information)

www.epa.ie (Environmental Protection Agency)

www.ehsni.gov.uk (Northern Ireland Environment Agency)

www.habitas.org.uk (Plant life, animal life, minerals, rocks & fossils of Northern Ireland)

www.irishstatutebook.ie/2000/en/act/pub/0038/ (Wildlife (Amendment) Act, 2000)

www.heritagecouncil.ie/fileadmin/user_upload/Publications/Wildlife/Guide_to_Habitats.pdf (Guide To Habitats In Ireland, pdf document - 115 pages long)

www.owls.ie (Children's Nature Charity)

www.corkcoco.ie/co/pdf/817927983.pdf (Biodiversity In Your School, pdf document - 12 pages)

www.galwaycountybiodiversity.com

www.noticenature.ie/Publications.html

www.akellyphoto.com (wildlife photography)

Mammals

www.mammals-in-ireland.ie (The Vincent Wildlife Trust in Ireland)

www.batconservationireland.org

www.eurobats.org (Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats)

www.batlife-europe.info

www.badgerwatch.ie

http://homepage.eircom.net/~foxwatchireland/

www.heritagecouncil.ie/fileadmin/user_upload/Publications/Wildlife/Bats_Birds_Buildings_You/Bat_Survey_Guidelines.pdf (Bats & Traditional Farm Buildings)

www.noticenature.ie/files/Bat%20Leaflet%20web.pdf (Bats In Houses - Guidance For Householders)

www.heritagecouncil.ie/fileadmin/user_upload/Publications/Wildlife/wildlife.pdf (Conserving & Enhancing Wildlife in Towns and Villages)

Birds

www.birdwatchireland.ie

www.springalive.net/en-ie (Spring Alive migratory birds project)

www.goldeneagle.ie (official site for Golden Eagle, White Tailed Eagle, Red Kite & Hen Harrier projects)

www.birdsireland.com (the website of our own Eric Dempsey)

www.irishbirding.com/birds/web

Insects

www.irishbeekeeping.ie (FIBKA - Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations)

www.irishmoths.net

www.mothsireland.com

www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland

www.noticenature.ie/files/Nature%5C%27s_Way_Pollinators%20Booklet.pdf (Pollinators In Ireland)

Marine

www.iwdg.ie (Irish Whale & Dolphin Group)

www.coastwatch.org

www.irishsealsanctuary.ie

www.baskingshark.ie

www.habitas.org.uk/lichenireland

www.kenwhelan.info (website of Mooney Goes Wild's resident marine biologist)

Flora

www.inff.ie (Irish National Forestry Foundation)

www.crann.ie

www.forestfriends.ie

www.hedgelaying.ie

www.ipcc.ie (Irish Peatland Conservation Council)

www.irishseedsavers.ie (Irish Seed Saver Association)

www.justforests.org

www.nativewoodlandtrust.ie

www.treecouncil.ie

www.irishwildflowers.ie

www.wildflowersofireland.net

Wildlife News

www.irishnaturalistsjournal.org

www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org

www.wildlifeextra.com

www.planetark.org/news

www.enn.com (Environmental News Network)

www.livescience.com/animals

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