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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.

There's a variety of wildlife and nature programmes on radio and TV at the moment - here are some of our highlights of the week. If you notice something that you think would be of interest to our listeners, please let us know by e-mailing mooney@rte.ie!

Wednesday, November 29th 2017

11:50   RTÉ 2   Puffin Rock (S)

17:00   RTÉ 2   Deadly 60 (S)

Thursday, November 30th 2017

03:20   RTÉ One   Francis Brennan's Grand Vietnamese Tour (R, ISL, S)

11:50   RTÉ 2   Puffin Rock (S)

17:00   RTÉ 2   Deadly 60 (S)

20:30   RTÉ One   Ear To The Ground [Ella McSweeney finds out about Clive Bright's cattle herd on his organic farm in Co. Sligo] (S)

Friday, December 1st 2017

11:50   RTÉ 2   Puffin Rock (S)

16:55   TG4   WAC (OS)

17:00   RTÉ 2   Deadly 60 (S)

20:40   RTÉ 2   Planet Earth II [An insight into the survival techniques of animals living on grasslands, including lions taking on formidable buffalo in epic battles, and bee-eaters taking advantage of elephants to help them catch insects] (R, S)

22:30   RTÉ Radio 1 Seascapes [The maritime programme with Fergal Keane]

Saturday, December 2nd 2017

07:10   RTÉ 2   Animals Of Farthing Wood

07:45   RTÉ 2   Puffin Rock (S)

08:00   RTÉ Radio 1   CountryWide

09:20   RTÉ lyric fm   'Nature File' on 'Daybreak With Evonne Ferguson' ['Nature File' is a new weekly glimpse into the natural world.  Each week, ecologist Anja Murray presents new stories about wild plants, animals, and the world around us.]

14:05   RTÉ 2   Natural World (S)

15:05   RTÉ 2   Earth's Natural Wonders [Exploring the phenomena created by the power of water, including Victoria Falls in Africa]

18:30   RTÉ 2   Sky Safari: Australia [Join an aerial odyssey across Australia's iconic landmarks of Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, and Lake Eyre as cameras reveal how these unique environments affect the creatures who call them home] (S)

19:30   RTÉ 2   Grizzly Empire [One-off special following a family of bears as they fight for survival on their journey across the wild coast of Alaska and fend off the adult males that roam the area] (S)

20:30   RTÉ 2   NEW: Worst Weather Ever? [Documentary in which a panel of experts investigate the effects of the changing climate following the recent devastating natural events which imply that things are spiralling out of control]

Sunday, December 3rd 2017

07:15   RTÉ 2   Animals Of Farthing Wood

07:50   RTÉ 2   Puffin Rock (S)

13:10   RTÉ One   Ear To The Ground [Farming and environmental show] (R, S)

18:00   RTÉ 2   Coast Australia [Neil Oliver travels to Horn Island in Australia's extreme north to uncover teh role of Australia's only indigenous battalion] (R, S)

19:00   RTÉ 2   Wild New Zealand [The story of the changing fortunes of the country's wildlife since humans arrived, told through the experiences of its native species] (R, S)

22:00   RTÉ Radio 1   Mooney Goes Wild

Monday, December 4th 2017

11:50   RTÉ 2   Puffin Rock (S)

17:00   RTÉ 2   Deadly 60 (S)

19:00   RTÉ 2   Coast Australia [Emma Johnston finds out how science is saving the marine life in southeast Tasmania] (R, S)

20:00   RTÉ 2   Life In The Air [Featuring a look at the African caracal's rather impressive 'rocket-propelled' launch]

20:30   RTÉ One   10 Things To Know About... [The team explores how to reap the benefits of the sun's endless energy] (S)

Tuesday, December 5th 2017

11:50   RTÉ 2   Puffin Rock (S)

14:30   RTÉ One   The Zoo (R)

17:00   RTÉ 2   Deadly 60 (S)

19:00   RTÉ 2   Creedon's Weather: Wild Atlantic Way [John Creedon's journey comes to an end as he travels through Co. Sligo and reaches the top of the country] (R, S)

Wednesday, December 6th 2017

11:50   RTÉ 2   Puffin Rock (S)

17:00   RTÉ 2   Deadly 60 (S)

Thursday, December 7th 2017

02:55   RTÉ One   Francis Brennan's Grand Vietnamese Tour (R, ISL, S)

05:05   RTÉ One   The Zoo (R, ISL, S)

11:50   RTÉ 2   Puffin Rock (S)

14:30   RTÉ One   The Zoo (R)

17:00   RTÉ 2   Deadly 60 (S)

20:30   RTÉ One   Ear To The Ground [Darragh McCullough goes to Aherla in Co. Cork to chat to 2017 Farmer Of The Year Peter Hynes and his family.  Helen Carroll goes to Co. Tipperary to meet with Greg Broderick at his equestrian centre] (S)

Friday, December 8th 2017

11:50   RTÉ 2   Puffin Rock (S)

16:55   TG4   WAC (OS)

17:00   RTÉ 2   Deadly 60 (S)

20:40   RTÉ 2   Planet Earth II [A look at how wild animals cope in urban areas which seem an unlikely place for them to thrives] (R, S)

22:30   RTÉ Radio 1 Seascapes [The maritime programme with Fergal Keane]

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