Podcasts

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....

The Bergs Of Newfoundland

We journey to Canada to hear Rhonda O'Keeffe Arsenault give us an ode to the bergs of Iceberg Alley, one of Newfoundland’s best tourist attractions.

Jim Wilson's Garden Birds

As the 2017 Dawn Chorus fast approaches, we find out how to create an oasis of biodiversity in your own back garden with renowned bird expert, Jim Wilson, whose classic guide to garden birds has just been republished in a new, revised edition. Plus find out how you could WIN a copy of the book!

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 23/04/17

On MGW tonight: Jim Wilson's Garden Birds; The Bergs Of Newfoundland; Call For Rathlin Volunteers!

Sunday 16th April

Biospheres

Niamh ni Cholmain explains why the Dublin Bay Biosphere strikes a delicate balance between people and nature...

A Robin Romance

We learn about a red breast romance in a listener’s garden in Co Kildare, as reporter Terry Flanagan pays a visit to the love nest...

Sea Otters & Other Animals Using Tools

We find out about the super smart marine mammal that’s been using tools for thousands, even millions of years - the savvy sea otter!

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 16/04/17

On MGW tonight: Sea Otters & Other Animals Using Tools; A Robin Romance; Biospheres...

Sunday 9th April

Going For Grunion

The sight of thousands of Grunion fish tumbling onto shore on wave after wave of Pacific surf is a truly extraordinary thing to witness – and is sometimes referred to as a “Grunion Invasion”. It's long been on Derek's 'bucket list' - and recently, in California, he got to see this incredible phenomenon for himself. He tells us about his experience...

Desalination Through Graphene

As researchers at the University of Manchester create a way for seawater to be turned into drinking water, Ken Whelan explains what impact that might have on our salmon...

Swallows & Other Birds

We find out about your recent swallow sightings, as we search for the call of the cuckoo. And we invite you to join us for our special Dawn Chorus programme on May 7th, when we'll get to hear early morning birdsong in Ireland, Europe and India!

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 09/04/17

On MGW tonight: Swallows & Other Birds; Desalination Through Graphene; Going For Grunion...

Sunday 2nd April

Ireland's Rabbit Industry

Reporter Terry Flanagan investigates the flourishing industry that once was the rabbit business...

Tagging Light-Bellied Brent Geese

Dr. Richard Collins gets up close and personal with some Brent Geese on the North Bull Island in Dublin...

Tinder For Orang-utans

Dr. Mariska Kret from Leiden University in the Netherlands tells us about computer dating for orang-utans...

Seeking Swallows & Pheasant Encounters

We're on the search for sightings of swallows, plus we hear about Derek's pheasant experience on the road back from Cork!

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 02/04/17

On MGW tonight: Seeking Swallows & Pheasant Encounters; Tinder For Orang-utans; Tagging Light-Bellied Brent Geese; Ireland's Rabbit Industry...

Sunday 26th March

Cavan's Garden Wildlife

Terry Flanagan visits the home of the Ryan family in Cavan, who tell him about the amazing array of wildlife that visit their garden!

My Naturama Nature Journal

Author and journalist Suzanne Campbell and her daughters road-test 'My Naturama Nature Journal' - plus WIN a two-book bundle of 'Naturama' + 'My Naturama Nature Journal'!

Maternal Instincts In Birds & Animals

As today is Mother’s Day, we celebrate the weird and wonderful maternal instincts of our hoofed, feathered and finned friends in the animal kingdom, with zoologist Dr. Richard Collins, ornithologist Eric Dempsey of BirdsIreland.com, and Isabel Baker, who is a Dolphin Researcher at the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation...

Calling All Cuckoos!

Every year at this time the race is on to be the first person to hear the cuckoo call. And we want Mooney Goes Wild to be able to claim the accolade this year! So as soon as you hear the cuckoo sing grab your phone, or any other recording device, and e-mail it to mooney@rte.ie!

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