Mooney Goes Wild

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    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 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...

    Lobster For All?

    The lobster industry is experiencing an absolute bonanza, both in terms of supply and demand. For more, Derek talks to food historian, Regina Sexton, Eanna ni Lamhna, marine biologist Ken Whelan, and Kevin Flannery, Director of Dingle's Oceanworld Aquarium...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 27/03/16

    On MGW tonight: Lobster For All?; Moray Eel Discovered In Kerry; Irish Lizards...

    Sunday 20th March

    Organic Farming

    Farmer Tommy Earley, from Mountallen Farm in Co. Roscommon, is farming with an eye carefully upon the environment, and he’s currently undertaking a number of activities to ensure that both farm and wildlife can live in harmony. Recently our reporter, Terry Flanagan, headed off west to see for himself some of the fascinating work being undertaken...

    Bad Trees

    According to new research, urban trees could be bad for air quality and pose a threat to human health. To find out more, Professor John O'Halloran met John Wenger, an Atmospheric Chemist at UCC, who specialises in the area of air quality research...

    SeaWorld To End Orca Breeding

    After years of criticism, SeaWorld in San Diego announced this week that they are to stop breeding orca whales. Dr. Simon Berrow, of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, joins us on the line to talk what SeaWorld are now promising, and the impact of captivity for marine mammals...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 20/03/16

    On MGW tonight: SeaWorld To End Orca Breeding; Bad Trees; Organic Farming...

    Sunday 13th March

    What's On...

    Sinéad Renshaw pops into studio with details of nature events, shows & movies with a wildlife slant on at the moment!

    Cheats And Deceits: How Animals And Plants Exploit And Mislead

    Martin Stevens, Associate Professor of Sensory Ecology at the University of Exeter, and author of 'Cheats And Deceits: How Animals And Plants Exploit And Mislead', joins us from Cornwall to explain how and why some of our flora and fauna are so skilled in deception...

    Jackdaw With Deformed Beak

    Terry Flanagan meets listener Sean Smith, to find out more about a local jackdaw with a rather deformed beak..

    Summer Hedgecutting Remains Illegal

    The burning and cutting of hedges remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August. But why is it so important that these restrictions remain? For more on this, and other seasonal bird news, we're joined in studio by Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 13/03/16

    On MGW tonight: Summer Hedgecutting Remains Illegal; Jackdaw With Deformed Beak; Cheats And Deceits: How Animals And Plants Exploit And Mislead; What's On...

    Sunday 6th March

    Meet Macroom's Mozzarella-Producing Water Buffalo!

    Reporter Terry Flanagan visits Macroom farmer Johnny Lynch to learn about his water buffalo!

    Are Big Brains Bad For Survival?

    Eric Abelson, from the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, tells us why bigger brains can be a negative thing for the survival of certain mammals...

    Frog Sightings Jump Following Mild Winter

    Eanna ni Lamhna and Derek visit Catherine O'Connell of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, in Lullymore Bog in Co. Kildare, to look for frogs and find out about the Hop To It survey!

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 06/03/16

    On MGW tonight: Frog Sightings Jump Following Mild Winter; Are Big Brains Bad For Survival?; Meet Macroom's Mozzarella-Producing Water Buffalo!

    Sunday 28th February

    Attack Of The Grey Squirrels!

    Dr Craig Shuttleworth, from Bangor University, is Scientific Advisor to the Red Squirrel Survival Trust. He believes the most effective way to deal with grey squirrels is to undertake a cull and make way for their red cousins. He joins us to explain why...

    Western Lowland Gorillas At Dublin Zoo

    Dr. Nicola Marples, Associate Professor in Zoology at Trinity College Dublin, visits Dublin Zoo to meet with Helen Clarke Bennett (Team Leader, African Plains) to find out more about the endangered Western lowland gorilla, some of whom are resident at the Zoo...

    Irish Professor Delivers Gorilla By Caesarean

    Professor David Cahill, an Irish gynaecologist from Cork who is working in Bristol, tells us about delivering an endangered Western lowland gorilla by Caesarean recently...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 29/02/16

    On MGW tonight: Irish Professor Delivers Gorilla By Caesarean; Western Lowland Gorillas At Dublin Zoo; Attack Of The Grey Squirrels!...

    Sunday 21st February

    Electrocuted Buzzard In Monaghan

    Reporter Terry Flanagan visits Monaghan to find out about the buzzard that one listener found electrocuted on her land...

    BEES! The Musical & Junior All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

    Eanna ni Lahmna visits The Ark in Dublin to learn about BEES! The Musical; she talks to the show's writer Mark Doherty, & to Professor Jane Stout from Trinity College, Dublin, about the Junior version of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, which has just been launched...

    Impact Of Pollution On Marine Animals

    Dr. Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group chats to Derek about the effect of pollution on marine animals & the IWDG film Humpack Whales Of Cape Verde...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 21/02/16

    On MGW tonight: Impact Of Pollution On Marine Animals; BEES! The Musical & Junior All-Ireland Pollinator Plan; Electrocuted Buzzard In Monaghan...

    Sunday 14th February

    Placenames Inspired By Ireland's Wildlife

    Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, presenter of Logainm on TG4, tells us about placenames inspired by Irish wildlife; to see this episode of Logainm, tune into TG4 next Tuesday (16/02/16) at 8pm!

    Packy The Newt

    Do you have a pet newt? How old is it? We're looking for Ireland's oldest pet newt, and we've sent reporter Terry Flanagan off to meet Packy - who at 26 years old is possibly Ireland's oldest pet newt!

    Giant Worms Discovered On The Isle Of Rum

    Dr. Kevin Butt, of the University of Central Lancashire, tells us about the giant worms he discovered on the Isle of Rum!

    Love In The Animal Kingdom

    This evening's panel of ornithologist Eric Dempsey, entomologist Eanna ni Lamhna and ornithologist Richard Collins share their thoughts on Ornithomancy, or using birds to predict your ideal love on St. Valentine's Day!

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 14/02/16

    On MGW tonight: Love In The Animal Kingdom; Giant Worms Discovered On The Isle Of Rum; Packy The Newt; Placenames Inspired By Ireland's Wildlife

    Sunday 7th February

    Mooney Goes Wild: All About Crows

    The crow is a bird that is loved and loathed in equal measure. Collectively known as a murder of crows, they are birds strongly associated with death. In Hindusim, crows are believed to be ancient ancestors, Ovid saw the crow as a bringer of rain, and here in Ireland, the banshee often took the form of a crow. So what's the real deal with these corvids? Derek Mooney presents a special programme from the Mooney Goes Wild team called All About Crows...

    Sunday 31st January

    The Red Kite - Revisited

    On MGW tonight: another chance to listen back to Richard Collin's fascinating 2004 documentary about The Red Kite...

    Sunday 24th January

    The Rainforests Of Costa Rica - Revisited

    On MGW tonight: another chance to listen back to Eanna ni Lamhna's fascinating 2001 documentary about The Rainforests Of Costa Rica...

    Sunday 17th January

    The Jay - Revisited

    On MGW tonight: another chance to listen back to Terry Flanagan's 2004 documentary about Ireland's colourful crow: the Jay...

    Sunday 10th January

    The Whooper Swan: From Iceland To Ireland - Revisited

    On MGW tonight: another chance to listen back to Professor John O'Halloran's 2004 documentary about the Whooper Swan, and it's epic journey from Iceland to Ireland...

    Sunday 3rd January

    The Domino Sparrow - Revisited

    On MGW tonight: another chance to listen back to Richard Collins' 2006 documentary on the Domino Sparrow, who was shot after knocking over 23,000 dominos, stuffed, and now resides at the Museum of Natural History in Rotterdam...

    Sunday 27th December

    Starlings

    Each year, from October through to February, hundreds of thousands of Starlings come together to form magnificent aerial displays just before they roost. In this recorded edition of Mooney Goes Wild, Derek Mooney and his team experience one of nature's greatest spectacles: Starling murmurations.

    Saturday 26th December

    Waders

    Each winter Ireland is home to hundreds of thousands of winter visitors. In this recorded edition of MOONEY GOES WILD we join the MOONEY GOES WILD crews in Dublin and Cork for this special programme on WADERS.

    Sunday 20th December

    Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

    Richard Collins, Eanna ni Lamhna and Niall Hatch give us their suggestions for last-minute Christmas gifts...

    The Robin - The Christmas Bird

    Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, joins Derek, Richard and Eanna in studio to tell us a bit more about the robin, its song and why it’s so closely associated with Christmas and this time of year...

    Unseasonal Temperatures?

    With temperatures reaching the mid teens in degrees celcius this month, nature is surprising us in all sorts of ways. Daffodils, which we tend to associate with Easter, are bobbing in fields, bumblebees are still buzzing around and there are all sorts of signs that Spring seems to have sprung four months early. Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, explains why...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 20/12/15

    On MGW tonight: Unseasonal Temperatures; The Robin - The Christmas Bird; Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

    Friday 18th December

    The Robin - The Christmas Bird

    Join us in a celebration of everyone's favourite festive bird!

    Sunday 13th December

    Wildlife Christmas Presents

    Reporter Terry Flanagan visits the Science Gallery in Dublin to discover what gifts they have for the wildlife enthusiast!

    Birdlife Of Puerto Rico

    Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland has just returned from Puerto Rico, and he joins us in studio to tell us all about the exotic and endangered birdlife that can be found there!

    Japanese Knotweed Project

    Student Anna Flynn describes how a previous MGW feature on Japanese Knotweed inspired a BT Young Scientist project by her and two classmates...

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