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This year's Dawn Chorus programme will take place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and will be broadcast from across Europe and beyond between midnight and 7am!  For more information, click here.

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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!

There are plenty more nature events taking place all around the country, organised by a variety of different groups.  If you have an event that you'd like to let our listeners know about, please get in contact - e-mail mooney@rte.ie!  And from March Of The Penguins to Finding Dory, many classic movies feature wildlife and animals; below are just some such movies on release or coming soon...


Friday, January 26th 2018: DUBLIN FINGAL

BirdWatch Ireland - the annual Table Quiz to raise funds for the branch. Skerries Rugby Club, 8.30pm.

Saturday, January 27th 2018: CLARE

BirdWatch Ireland - a visit to Seafield, Quilty, to see waders and seabirds. Good site for Purple Sandpiper.  Meet at the pier, Seafield, at 11.00am.

Sunday, January 28th 2018: WEST CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - West Cork Bird Race. Start: Scally’s SuperValu car park, Clonakilty, 8.30am. Finish: O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty, 5.30pm. Contact: Nicholas (secretary@birdwatchirelandwestcork.ie) to register your team.

Sunday, January 28th 2018: LIMERICK

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to Aughinish and Robertstown. We will visit the bird hides to view waterbirds and then travel to nearby Robertstown Creek to see the high-tide roost. Meet in the first car park, Aughinish, 10.30am. Leader: Geoff Hunt.

Tuesday, January 30th 2018: LAOIS

BirdWatch Ireland - talk on Recording Irish bird sightings, by Joe Doolan of IrishBirding.com. The Parish Centre, Portlaoise, 8.00pm.


Earth: One Amazing Day (G; currently on release)

From BBC Earth Films, the studio that brought you Earth, comes the long-awaited sequel - Earth: One Amazing Day, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands, from exotic jungles to urban jungles. Astounding breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close and personal with a cast of unforgettable characters; a baby zebra desperate to cross a swollen river, a penguin who heroically undertakes a death-defying daily commute to feed his family, a family of sperm whales who like to snooze vertically and a sloth on the hunt for love. Told with humour, intimacy, emotion and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendour, Earth: One Amazing Day is the enchanting big screen family friendly adventure that spectacularly highlights how every day is filled with more unseen dramas and wonders than you can possibly imagine- until now!

Ferdinand (G; currently on release)

Ferdinand is a Spanish Fighting Bull who prefers smelling the flowers and practicing non-violence rather than chasing red cloths held by matadors in arenas.  But when disaster comes to him, he is taken to a fighting stadium, and Ferdinand needs to decide if he is a fighting bull or a flower smelling, generous bull, in order to earn his freedom.

Jane (Currently on release)

Documentary: Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges the male dominated scientific consensus of her time with her chimpanzee research and revolutionizes people's understanding of the natural world.

The Jungle Bunch (G; currently on release)

A penguin raised by tigers defends his jungle from an evil koala and an army of baboons.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (PG; currently on release)

Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved Liberty Park to make way for an amusement park.  Hoping to save the place they call home, Surly, Andie, Buddy and the rest of the gang join forces with Mr. Feng, a seemingly cute and innocent mouse who happens to be a fierce master of kung fu.

The Star (PG; currently on release)

A small but brave donkey named Bo goes on the adventure of his dreams.  Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.



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