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Sunday 30th July

The Great Auk & Wooly Mammoth

The extinct and long-forgotten bird species, the Great Auk, is brought back to life with tales from Natural History Curator, Errol Fuller...

Irish Dinosaurs

We walk in the footsteps of giants, as we learn about Ireland's dinosaur history at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, with Dr. Mike Simms...

Natural Burial Ground

Green graves and thoughts of the afterlife are turning many people towards wildlife; Terry Flanagan visits a natural burial ground in County Wexford...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 30/07/17

On MGW tonight: Natural Burial Ground; Irish Dinosaurs; The Great Auk & Wooly Mammoth...

Sunday 23rd July

Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature

Padraic Fogarty of the Irish Wildlife Trust has spent many years researching the issue of disappearing nature and has highlighted the problems in his recently published book, 'Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature.'

International Fossil Workshop at UCC

Leading academics from all around the world share their expert knowledge of fossils, especially those preserving the soft tissues of animals and plants, which could open an invaluable window into our prehistoric past.

Barn Owls

Derek and Richard catch up with John Lusby, Raptor conservation officer with BirdWatch Ireland on a farm in Fermoy where a pair of Barn Owls are rearing three owlets in between the bails of hay.

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 23/07/17

Derek visits a farm in Fermoy where a pair of Barn Owls are rearing three owlets in between the bails of hay, he also attends a fossil conference in UCC. Finally we hear about Ireland's nature disappearing.

Sunday 16th July

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 16/07/17

On MGW tonight: Niall Hatch's Japan, The Curious History of Irish Dogs and Wildlife Justice Commission.

Wildlife Justice Commission

we ask Olivia Swaak-Goldman, Executive Director of Wildlife Justice Commission in The Hague, just how we can stop the killing and save endangered animals from extinction...

The Curious History Of Irish Dogs

Man’s best friend bow wows us in a new book by David Blake Knox about our incredible native breeds - from the Irish wolfhound to the Kerry beagle.

Niall Hatch's Japan

Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland gets ready to return to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Sunday 9th July

Kildare Animal Foundation

Terry Flanagan learns more about a safe haven for injured wild animals found anywhere in the country – the Kildare Animal Foundation...

Spider Venom & Strokes

Prof. Glenn King from the University of Queensland tells us why spider venom could help protect the brain from devastating stroke damage...

Bee-ing President

World President of Apimondia, Philip McCabe, explains how bees can withstand the sweltering heat of the Middle East and the deadly sub zero temperatures in eastern Europe...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 09/07/17

On MGW tonight: Bee-ing President; Spider Venom & Strokes; Kildare Animal Foundation...

Sunday 2nd July

The Gull Drama Of Ballsbridge

Niall Hatch, from BirdWatch Ireland, learns about a family drama among the chimney stacks in the heart of Dublin city, where gulls have made their nest...

Asteroid Day 2017

As we mark Asteroid Day, Dr. John Regan tells us about the chances of an asteroid crashing into the Earth, and whether we could we really suffer the same fate as dinosaurs 66 million years ago...

Sustainable Salmon Farming

Fish and chips are on the menu, as we ask marine biologist Dr. Ken Whelan what changes in the marine industry might mean for our dinner plates...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 02/07/17

On MGW tonight: Sustainable Salmon Farming; Asteroid Day 2017; The Gull Drama Of Ballsbridge...

Sunday 25th June

SPECIAL: Tribute To Bill Sladen

We pay tribute to the pioneering work of Bill Sladen, who featured in our documentary The Trumpeter Swan, as Derek and Richard visit a bevy of mute swans in Malahide, to remember this most remarkable man...

Sunday 18th June

SPECIAL: Tribute To Dick Warner

We pay tribute to Dick Warner, a naturalist, broadcaster, environmentalist and mentor to many of those on Mooney Goes Wild, who died on Friday. We listen to his Natterjack Toad documentary, and the Mooney Goes Wild team celebrate his life and career with their memories of Dick...

Sunday 11th June

Tickling

We’re tickled pink to be with you! How did it all start, why do we it - and did you know that primates enjoy a good tickle too? Prof. Robert Provine of UMBC talks tickling with Richard and Eanna, and how it hits the funny spot...

Road Kill Survey 2017

Paul Whelan from Biology.ie explains why looking out for roadkill, rather than averting your gaze, could help provide vital information for the Road Kill Survey 2017...

Life Expectancy Of Parents

Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh drops by to ask Richard Collins about the life expectancy of parents vs. non-parents in the human and animal world...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 11/06/17

On MGW tonight: Life Expectancy Of Parents; Road Kill Survey 2017; Tickling...

Sunday 4th June

Dusk Chorus

Terry Flanagan reports from Lough Ennell in County Westmeath, on an evening concert not to be missed: the Dusk Chorus!

Butterfly Atlas 2021

Summer is on the way, and its stunning superstars are getting ready to take centre stage - Liam Lysaght tells us about some of our most beautiful butterflies, and why the National Biodiversity Data Centre are looking for YOUR sightings for a new butterfly Atlas...

Keeping Hens

Derek meets the Meath women with a passion for pets, and keeping chickens!

A Residential Robin

We learn how a feathered guest has accepted an invitation to dine from a family in Co Meath - and decided there’s no place like their home...

Manchester's Bees

As Manchester mourns those killed in the recent bomb attack, many Mancunians are queuing up for tattoos of bees. But why is the bee the symbol of Manchester? Philip McCabe, president of Apimondia, explains...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 04/06/17

On MGW tonight: Manchester's Bees; A Residential Robin; Keeping Hens; Butterfly Atlas 2021; Dusk Chorus...

Sunday 28th May

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 29/05/17

On MGW tonight: a chance to hear some of the highlights from this year's epic International Dawn Chorus broadcast, featuring the best of early morning birdsong from India, Finland, Lithuania, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and Iceland!

Sunday 21st May

Cork's Coypu Crisis

The rat-like coypu is one metre long, with bright orange teeth and native to South America - so what are they doing in Co. Cork, and what could their growing numbers mean? Derek visits NPWS ranger Danny O'Keeffe to find out more...

Plastic Not Fantastic For Marine Life

As World Oceans Day approaches on June 8th, Irish marine biologist Rowan Byrne describes how paradise islands are turning into rubbish dumps, amid predictions that by 2050 our oceans will contain more plastic than fish...

Kerry's Rare Squid

Marine biologist Kevin Flannery, from Dingle Oceanworld, tells us about an extremely rare giant squid discovered off the coast of Co Kerry, the first seen in Irish waters for more than twenty years.

Bird Stories

Derek chats to Niall Hatch and Richard Collins about the evolution of snoring (and why birds don't snore), how birds sing, what we can do to preserve woodpecker habitats, and bird radar to help reduce wind turbine deaths...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 21/05/17

On MGW tonight: Bird Stories; Kerry's Rare Squid; Cork's Coypu Crisis; Plastic Not Fantastic For Marine Life...

Sunday 14th May

Derek's Dublin Heron Encounter

During the Dawn Chorus programme, the Herons in St. Anne’s Park in Raheny were a star turn. They’re a familiar species in Ireland, where they live all year round. The Heron feeds along the edge of a wide range of wetland habitats - from coastal waters and estuaries - to loughs, marshy ground and streams. Derek encountered one recently, as he was walking along the Grand Canal near Portobello in Dublin...

The Donegal Cooker Bird

Derek visits listener Kate O'Halloran at home in Donegal, to find out more about the constant cacophony coming from her cooker hood!

International Dawn Chorus 2017

We hear some of the highlights of the very special 12-nation Dawn Chorus on May 7th, and Sinéad Renshaw reads out some of your reaction to it!

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 14/05/17

On MGW tonight: International Dawn Chorus 2017; The Donegal Cooker Bird; Derek's Dublin Heron Encounter...

Sunday 7th May

Dawn Chorus 2017 - Sixth Hour - 05:00 - 06:00

To mark International Dawn Chorus Day, Mooney Goes Wild brings you the 22nd Dawn Chorus programme! Join us to listen in to the songs of birds in 21 different locations, spanning 6 time zones across 12 countries, as we traverse every latitude and longitude from India to Iceland, following the wave of light as it reveals this ornithological opera!

Dawn Chorus 2017 - Fifth Hour - 04:00 - 05:00

To mark International Dawn Chorus Day, Mooney Goes Wild brings you the 22nd Dawn Chorus programme! Join us to listen in to the songs of birds in 21 different locations, spanning 6 time zones across 12 countries, as we traverse every latitude and longitude from India to Iceland, following the wave of light as it reveals this ornithological opera!

Dawn Chorus 2017 - Fourth Hour - 03:00 - 04:00

To mark International Dawn Chorus Day, Mooney Goes Wild brings you the 22nd Dawn Chorus programme! Join us to listen in to the songs of birds in 21 different locations, spanning 6 time zones across 12 countries, as we traverse every latitude and longitude from India to Iceland, following the wave of light as it reveals this ornithological opera!

Dawn Chorus 2017 - Third Hour - 02:00 - 03:00

To mark International Dawn Chorus Day, Mooney Goes Wild brings you the 22nd Dawn Chorus programme! Join us to listen in to the songs of birds in 21 different locations, spanning 6 time zones across 12 countries, as we traverse every latitude and longitude from India to Iceland, following the wave of light as it reveals this ornithological opera!

Dawn Chorus 2017 - Second Hour - 01:00 - 02:00

To mark International Dawn Chorus Day, Mooney Goes Wild brings you the 22nd Dawn Chorus programme! Join us to listen in to the songs of birds in 21 different locations, spanning 6 time zones across 12 countries, as we traverse every latitude and longitude from India to Iceland, following the wave of light as it reveals this ornithological opera!

Dawn Chorus 2017 - First Hour - 00:00 - 01:00

To mark International Dawn Chorus Day, Mooney Goes Wild brings you the 22nd Dawn Chorus programme! Join us to listen in to the songs of birds in 21 different locations, spanning 6 time zones across 12 countries, as we traverse every latitude and longitude from India to Iceland, following the wave of light as it reveals this ornithological opera!

Sunday 30th April

Preview Of Dawn Chorus 2017

Only one week to go now until our mammoth Dawn Chorus broadcast! We'll get to listen in to the sound of early morning birdsong as Dawn breaks, travelling through every longitude and lattitude from India to Iceland, as we join 21 locations in 12 countries for this free ornithological opera!

Bláthnaid's Great Tit!

Can the hair of the dog ever be beneficial for birds? TV presenter Bláthnaid ni Chofaigh joins Derek and panel in studio to tell us about her pooch, Poitin, and how he's unknowingly helping the neighbourhood birds...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 30/04/17

On MGW tonight: Bláthnaid's Great Tit!; Preview Of Dawn Chorus 2017...

Sunday 23rd April

Call For Rathlin Volunteers!

Calling all volunteers! How would you fancy spending two weeks on Rathlin Island as a bird guide? Alison McFaul explains more....

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