Mooney Goes Wild

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    Sunday 28th June

    Soil Ecologist Diana Wall Awarded UCD Ulysses Medal

    Eanna ni Lamhna meets renowned soil ecologist Dr. Diana Wall, Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State Unviversity, who was recently awarded the UCD Ulysses Medal, in Dublin...

    Duhallow LIFE Project

    Terry Flanagan chats to Dr. Fran Igoe from the IRD Duhallow LIFE Project about the conservation work they are involved in along the River Allow in Co. Cork...

    Preventing Birdstrikes

    Derek reports from Dublin Airport to find out how they deter birds, and Prof. Tom Kelly from UCC, who is ornithological consultant for Dublin Airport, tells us about his work researching birdstrikes...

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    Sunday 21st June

    Seals Mating With Penguins

    Scientists at The Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria in South Africa have come across incidents, on a remote sub Antarctic island, where fur seals are actually trying to mate with penguins. Dr. Nico de Bruyn is Principal Investigator and joins us from South Africa with more...

    The Turtle Of Clonsilla

    Walkers along the Royal Canal at Clonsilla, Dublin, have been surprised to regularly see a turtle in the water. Terry Flanagan and reptile expert Rob Gandola, from the Herpetological Society of Ireland, investigate...

    Eanna In The Natural History Museum

    Eanna ni Lamhna takes a tour of the Natural History Museum in the company of Nigel Monaghan, Keeper of Natural History in the National Museum of Ireland...

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    Sunday 14th June

    Effect Of Warming Oceans On Marine Species

    Prof Curtis Deutsch from the University of Washington in Seattle chats about his new research on the effect on marine life of our warming oceans...

    Searching For The Soft Mouth Trout

    Dr Ken Whelan chats about his recent visit to Slovenia, Croatia & Bosnia, where he went searching for the soft mouth trout...

    White Tailed Eagle Reintroduction Project

    Allan Mee chats about the White-Tailed Eagle project, , and Derek reports back from his trip to Glengarriff Nature Park in Co. Cork, where he spoke to NPWS ranger Clare Heardman about the new arrivals there...

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    Sunday 7th June

    Virgin Births Among Sawfish

    A routine DNA study has suggested that female sawfish in Florida are reproducing without mating with males, using an alternative form of reproduction known as ‘parthenogenesis’. So-called ‘virgin births’ were thought to be incredibly rare and have never been seen in vertebrates in the wild. Leading this DNA study, at Stony Brook University in New York, was marine biologist and Phd student, Andrew Fields, who joins us to explain more...

    Impact Of Rats On Lambay's Puffin Population

    Dr. Steve Newton, Senior Seabird Conservation Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, is currently on Lambay island, conducting a survey into the puffin population there; he joins us from Lambay to chat about the puffins there, and the effect that the black rats are having on the puffins...


    How many species have the time of the year present in their name? The obvious answer is the Mayfly. But with the poor weather we have had over the last month or so, the appearance of the Mayfly has actually been delayed into the month of June. Terry Flanagan headed off with Ken Whelan to Cavan to see if the mayflies had yet appeared, and to find out do they actually just live for a single day...

    Ireland's Flora & Fauna Since The Last Ice Age

    Did you know that Ireland once had a totally separate ecosystem, with its very own nature and wildlife? It's just one of a number of intriguing revelations in the latest edition of the Irish Naturalists’ Journal - Mind The Gap II. For more, we're joined by UCC's Dr Paddy Sleeman, who edited Mind The Gap II...

    Richard And Eanna Go To Poland

    We start the programme tonight by talking to our two regular panellists, Dr. Richard Collins and Eanna ni Lamhna, about their recent visit to Poland, where they visited Bialowieza Forest and Biebrza National Park...

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    Sunday 31st May

    Biodiversity Week: Report 4 - Dusk Chorus On Pollardstown Fen

    In the fourth and final of our reports celebrating Biodiversity Week, Richard Collins heads off to Pollardstown Fen in Co. Kildare to experience the Dusk Chorus...

    Biodiversity Week: Report 3 - Observing Badgers

    In the third of our reports celebrating Biodiversity Week, Eric Dempsey goes searching for badgers...

    Biodiversity Week: Report 2 - Lambay Island

    In the second of our reports celebrating Biodiversity Week, Eanna ni Lamhna sets sail to learn more about the birdlife and marine life that can be found around Lambay Island, off the coast of Dublin...

    Biodiversity Week: Report 1 - Bat Walk

    In the first of our reports celebrating Biodiversity Week, Philip McCabe goes on a batwalk in Lanesborough, Co. Longford...

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    Sunday 24th May

    Young Environmentalist Awards

    Reporter Terry Flanagan finds out more about the Young Environmentalist Awards from IEN's Ian Carey, and meets some of the winners - for more on Biodiversity Week, visit

    In Search Of The Soft-Mouth Trout

    Marine biologist joins us to chat about his fascination for the soft-mouth trout, and why he's about to head to Croatia in search of it...

    Sinéad's Nature News

    Sinéad Renshaw has a round-up of all this week's nature news, including why cuckoos are good for carrion crows, and the Leitrim river soothing insomniacs all over the world!

    World's First 'Werewolf' Plant

    Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, joins us in studio to tell us about the 'werewolf' plant, Ephedra foeminea, which - it has just been discovered - only blooms under the light of the full moon in July!

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    Sunday 17th May

    Nature Watch

    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...

    NestWatch 2015: The Mallards - The Liberation

    Five weeks ago, a female mallard duck appeared in an enclosed, first-floor courtyard within one of the buildings in RTÉ. She laid ten eggs, and on Wednesday, those eggs began to hatch. Early on Thursday, Derek and his A Team liberated Mum and ducklings to a local park; tonight, we bring you the story of that relocation...

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    Sunday 10th May

    Sinéad's Nature News

    From blushing dolphins to protecting the birds of New York - Sinéad Renshaw has all this week's Nature News!

    Exploring Your Local Woodland

    Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan explores Tomnafinnoge Wood in south Co. Wicklow, with listener Jim Murphy, to learn more about the wildlife that can be found there...

    NestWatch Returns With Mallard Ducks!

    NestWatch is back! A family of ducks is making their home in an RTÉ courtyard, where the female has laid six eggs. They are due to hatch this Thursday, May 14th...

    Pine Martens & Red Squirrels

    Richard Collins and Derek Mooney meet Quercus ecologist Dr David Tosh, and Therese Hamill from the Ring of Gullion and Cooley Red Squirrel Group, to find out how the pine marten is an unlikely ally to the red squirrel...

    Dawn Chorus 2015

    If you missed the six-hour Dawn Chorus mega-broadcast in the early hours of last Sunday, here is just a sample of the beautiful birdsong from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh...

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    Sunday 3rd May

    Dawn Chorus - The Full Six Hours

    Download the full six hours of the 2015 Dawn Chorus, and bring the beauty of the birdsong with you wherever you go!

    Dawn Chorus - Sixth Hour (05:00 - 06:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    Dawn Chorus - Fifth Hour (04:00 - 05:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    Dawn Chorus - Fourth Hour (03:00 - 04:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    Dawn Chorus - Third Hour (02:00 - 03:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    Dawn Chorus - Second Hour (01:00 - 02:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    Dawn Chorus - First Hour (00:00 - 01:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    The Dawn Chorus Of Cuskinny Marsh

    We bring you a sample of the beautiful birdsong from the Dawn Chorus at Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, as heard in the early hours of this morning...

    Marsh Fritillary Butterflies

    Reporter Terry Flanagan pays a visit to the IPCC at Lullymore Bog, to catch up with Conservation Officer, Tadhg Ó Corcora, and find out more about Ireland's rarest butterfly, the Marsh Fritillary...

    Birdsong As Therapy

    Sound recordist Chris Watson describes how the birdsong of the Dawn Chorus can be beneficial as a form of therapy...

    Spring Alive

    Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland chats about the flora & bird life of the Phoenix Park, the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin, and the Spring Alive project...

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    Sunday 26th April

    Why Do Whales Go Through The Menopause?

    Did you know that only female humans, short-finned pilot whales, and resident killer whales are known to go through the menopause? But what’s the evolutionary reason why female whales continue to live long after their fertility has ended? Dr. Lauren Brent and her colleagues at the University of Exeter investigated, and Lauren joins us to explain...

    The Newts Of Gowran

    Liam Lysaght from Gowran in Co. Kilkenny got in touch with us to say that newts are positively thriving in his ponds, and he invited us to visit, so we sent reporter Terry Flanagan off to take a look...

    Preview Of Dawn Chorus 2015

    We identify listener James' mystery bird, Jim Wilson previews the 2015 Dawn Chorus, Anne Marie McAleese and Dot Blakely tell us about BBC Radio Ulster's involvement, and Sinéad Renshaw chats about a very special QR code on the front of this week's RTÉ Guide!

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