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Sunday 24th July

Spider Venom And Cancer

Eanna ni Lamhna visits the Natural History Museum, where she meets Irish Research Fellow, Galway Zoology Lecturer and bug hunter Dr. Michel Dugon, to find out about the benefits of spider venom!

Irish Upland Wildfires

Reporter Terry Flanagan meets Pádraic Fogarty, Campaign Officer with the Irish Wildlife Trust, to hear about the threat that wildfires are posing to both our landscape AND our wildlife - and the moves being made to fight such fires...

Why Feathers Never Fade

Derek talks to Eric Dempsey about the beauty of bird feathers, whilst Richard Collins chats to Dr. Andrew Parnell from the University of Sheffield about why their colours never fade...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 24/07/16

On MGW tonight: Why Feathers Never Fade; Irish Upland Wildfires; Spider Venom And Cancer

Sunday 17th July

The Yawn Chorus

Earlier this year we had the Dawn Chorus, time now to find out about the YAWN chorus! Alex Rothera and Chris G. Thompson tell us about this fascinating project, whilst Dr. Simon Thompson from Bournemouth University explains to our own Dr. Richard Collins just why we feel the need to yawn...

Swifts' GPS Backpacks

Derek meets Kendrew, Philip and Róisín from RSPB Northern Ireland to find out about a remarkable tagging project...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 17/07/16

On MGW tonight: Swifts' GPS Backpacks; The Yawn Chorus

Sunday 10th July

Norwegian Seabirds

We return to Norway as Dr. Richard Collins and Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland join NRK's Helge Søfteland in search of the seabirds of Syltefjorden...

Sunday 3rd July

Bee School

Philip McCabe visits the buzzing hive of activity that is Presentation Primary School in Drogheda to wax lyrical about the benefits of beekeeping...

How Insects Self-Repair

Eanna ni Lamhna visits Professor David Taylor of Trinity College, to find out more about how insects can self-repair...

The Value Of Trees

Derek visits Mountshannon in Co. Clare to talk to arborist Bernard Carey about his work with UCD and Treeconomics on the value of trees...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 03/07/16

On MGW tonight: The Value Of Trees; How Insects Self-Repair; Bee School

Sunday 26th June

European Bee Week

Last week, the ‘European Week of Bees and Pollination’ took place in Brussels. Bees are in decline, which is a sad fact, but it’s also very worrying because, without them, how could the plants we rely upon for food actually become pollinated? The economic significance of this is enormous and it’s becoming a matter of urgent concern.

Sunday 19th June

Hornoya

Dr Richard Collins is in Hornoya, the most northerly island in Norway, in the company of Niall Hatch from Birdwatch Ireland and Helge Softeland, a broadcaster from NRK (Norwegian national radio)

Sunday 12th June

Whistle The Hen & The Brent Goose Project

Eanna ni Lamhna and Niamh ni Cholmain learn about the Brent Geese project, from pupils at St Louise de Marillac Primary School in Ballyfermot, and Niamh introduces Eanna to Whistle the hen!

The Season Of Terns?

Terry Flanagan meets Breffni Martin, of Louth Nature Trust, to discover why the number of terns returning to Baltray Beach is so reduced this year...

Green Flag Award In Carrigtwohill

Derek meets the pupils of Scoil Chlochair Mhuire in Carrigtwohill, Cork, who have just been awarded their fifth Green Flag...

Nesting Birds

We're looking for your stories, photos and videos of nesting birds and unusual nests near you!

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 12/06/16

On MGW tonight: Nesting Birds; Green Flag Award In Carrigtwohill; The Season Of Terns?; Whistle The Hen & The Brent Goose Project...

Sunday 5th June

Mary Colwell's Walk For Curlews

Mary Colwell tells Eanna ni Lamhna why she's walking 500 miles to raise awareness of the plight of the curlew...

Wild Birds Down Under

Dr. Gráinne Cleary explains to Terry Flanagan why she wants to compare back garden birds of Australia & Ireland!

Cork Airport & Bird Strikes

Derek visits Cork Airport to chat with Ciaran Carton & colleagues about Dawn Chorus posters & avoiding bird strikes!

Hornøya's Seabird Colony

Helge Søfteland tells us about a very exciting project that's about to be broadcast by our Norwegian colleagues NRK, as they prepare to stream five weeks of footage from a seabird colony on Hornøya...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 05/06/16

On MGW tonight: Hornøya's Seabird Colony; Cork Airport & Bird Strikes; Wild Birds Down Under; Mary Colwell's Walk For Curlews...

Sunday 29th May

DCC Biodiversity: Ireland's Eye

As Dublin City Council's Biodiversity Month comes to end, reporter Terry Flanagan visits Ireland’s Eye, where he talks to Maria Long of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) and Dublin Bay Biosphere co-ordinator, Dr. Jenny Roche, to learn about plants and birdlife of the island...

Naturama

Fachtna Ó Drisceoil and Richard Collins review 'Naturama: Open Your Eyes To The Wonders Of Irish Nature' – visit rte.ie/mooney to win a copy!

The Wicklow Woodpecker

Derek Mooney and Richard Collins visit listener Don McGrane in Wicklow, to learn about the woodpecker who visits his garden...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 29/05/16

On MGW tonight: The Wicklow Woodpecker; Naturama; DCC Biodiversity: Ireland's Eye...

Sunday 22nd May

DCC Biodiversity - Liffey Walk

What is biodiversity and where in the city would you go to see it? As Dublin City Council's Biodiversity Month continues, Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan meets up with Sean Redmond, Executive Parks Superintendent with Dublin City Council, for a walk along the River Liffey...

Researching Aging

Professor Steven Austad + Professor Emma Teeling discuss why some species live longer than others & what it could mean for humans...

Wildlife Gardening – Chris Baines

Chris Baines, founder of International Dawn Chorus Day and the first Chelsea Flower Show winner of a wildlife garden, chats about the benefits of gardening for wildlife...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 22/05/16

On MGW tonight: Wildlife Gardening – Chris Baines; Researching Aging; DCC Biodiversity - Liffey Walk

Sunday 15th May

Crainn na hÉireann

Eanna ni Lamhna meets Manchán Magan, presenter of the TG4 show 'Crainn na hÉireann' (Trees Of Ireland), which continues on Tuesdays at 8pm...

DCC Biodiversity - Recovery Through Nature

As Dublin City Council's Biodiversity Month continues, Terry Flanagan talks to Joe Buckley about those involved in Coolmine Therapeutic Community are benefiting from Recovery Through Nature...

In Search Of Polar Bears

Theo Jebb talks to Richard Collins about filming polar bears in Svalbard, in Norway...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 15/05/16

On MGW tonight: In Search Of Polar Bears; DCC Biodiversity - Recovery Through Nature; Crainn na hÉireann

Sunday 8th May

DCC Biodiversity - Blessington Street Basin

As part of MGW's connection with Dublin City Council's Biodiversity Month, report Terry Flanagan visits Blessington Street Basin park to chat to Park Ranger Ed Bowden about the biodiversity there, and to Mark Coyle about the Green Flag Award Scheme for parks...

Saving Our Bees

Our beeman Philip McCabe is the World President of Apimondia (the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations), and he joins Richard Collins in studio to chat about European Bee Week, the medicinal value of honey, the price of honey in Saudi Arabia - and the owls of Termonfeckin!

Dawn Chorus Reaction

We had a massive reaction from all around the world to our live six-hour Dawn Chorus programme this weekend, and tonight we bring you a sample of those comments...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 08/05/16

On MGW tonight: Dawn Chorus Reaction; Saving Our Bees; DCC Biodiversity - Blessington Street Basin

Sunday 1st May

Dawn Chorus 2016 - Part 6

Sixth hour: 05:00 - 06:00 Irish time. For more, visit www.rte.ie/mooney.

Dawn Chorus 2016 - Part 5

Fifth hour: 04:00 - 05:00 Irish time. For more, visit www.rte.ie/mooney.

Dawn Chorus 2016 - Part 4

Fourth hour: 03:00 - 04:00 Irish time. For more, visit www.rte.ie/mooney.

Dawn Chorus 2016 - Part 3

Third hour: 02:00 - 03:00 Irish time. For more, visit www.rte.ie/mooney.

Dawn Chorus 2016 - Part 2

Second hour: 01:00 - 02:00 Irish time. For more, visit www.rte.ie/mooney.

Dawn Chorus 2016 - Part 1

First hour: 00:00 - 01:00 Irish time. For more, visit www.rte.ie/mooney.

Sunday 17th April

Treasures Of Lake Turcana

Where did we - the human species - actually come from? Lake Turkana in Kenya may hold the key - it has yielded a wealth of fossils, revealing four million years of human life. Prof Fred Spoor of UCL has worked extensively in the Lake Turkana Basin and has witnessed the wonders of this window into our past first hand; he joins us from the BBC studios in London to explain more...

DNA Of Spider Webs

Before you brush away cobwebs, do you stop to think what they might contain - apart from spiders, that is! Charles Xu is an MSc student, currently based at Uppsala University in Sweden, and he recently published a research paper which examined whether spiders' webs might contain enough DNA to identify which spider spun the web. He joins us now from Uppsala in Sweden to tell us more...

Dodder Otter Survey

Did you know that otters are thriving in the heart of Dublin?our capital city? We know this from ongoing surveys, like the the Dodder Otter Survey, organised by the Irish Wildlife Trust in Dublin. A number of volunteers, including our own marine expert, Ken Whelan, have recently been along to a training workshop for the survey. They then headed off to put their expertise into practice, accompanied by our reporter, Terry Flanagan...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 17/04/16

On MGW tonight: Dodder Otter Survey; DNA Of Spider Webs; Treasures Of Lake Turcana...

Sunday 27th March

Irish Lizards

The Irish Wildlife Trust has been organising training workshops throughout the country to help people recognise and identify lizards and slow worms. One of these events took place recently in Abbeyleix and the Irish Peatland Conservation Council sent their Education Officer Nuala Madigan along. Our reporter, Terry Flanagan, spent the day with Nuala and with the course co-ordinator, Kieran Flood from the Irish Wildlife Trust...

Moray Eel Discovered In Kerry

Kerryman Len Evans recently came across a moray eel, whilst walking along the beach in Cahersiveen. He brought it along to Dr. Kevin Flannery who’s a Marine Biologist as well as founder and Director of Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium. Kevin explains why this eel is such a rare find...

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