Sunday 19th February

Corr Scéal – Crane Notions

We meet Lorcán Ó Tuathail, author of a new book that examines myths and legends about the Eurasian Crane, and its place in Irish culture...

Ireland's First Female Botanist

Eanna ni Lamhna visits an exhibition in Trinity College, Dublin, about Ireland's first female botanist, Ellen Hutchins...

European Tree Of The Year Competition

We ask for your support for Ireland's entry in the European Tree of The Year competition...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 19/02/17

On MGW tonight: Corr Scéal – Crane Notions; European Tree Of The Year Competition; Ireland's First Female Botanist...

Sunday 12th February

Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow?

We find out about a listener’s fears for one of our most iconic mammals, the native Irish hare - Terry Flanagan travels to County Laois to learn more...

Numerous Newts

Eanna ni Lamhna investigates an explosion of newt numbers in a back garden in County Meath...

Waxwing Lyrical

Exotic waxwings are flocking to our shores as they escape Europe’s big freeze - we visit Eric Dempsey in Wicklow to look for this beautiful bird...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 12/02/17

On MGW tonight: Waxwing Lyrical; Numerous Newts; Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Sunday 5th February

Atlas Of Mammals In Ireland

Did you know that 72 mammal species have been recorded in Ireland? Almost a quarter of a million records from 57 datasets were used to help build up this information, and it has just been collated and published in a superb new book entitled Atlas of Mammals in Ireland 2010 – 2015. The book was launched recently by our very own Eanna ni Lamhna, and our reporter, Terry Flanagan, headed down to Kilkenny to chat to Eanna and to those who have been involved in its creation...

Fish Accents & Aquatic Dawn Chorus

Did you know that cod from different parts have different regional accents? Professor Steve Simpson, from Exeter University, is the lead researcher, and he joins us from the BBC studios in Bristol to explain how these fish have evolved to have different 'accents' - and to tell us about a fish Dawn Chorus!

Effect Of Volcanoes On Chilean Fish

Mooney Goes Wild's resident marine biologist, Professor Ken Whelan, has just returned from Chile, where he researched the effects of the exploding volcanoes on fish. Ken joins us in studio to tell Derek and Richard Collins about his fascinating trip to the South American country, and what he discovered about Chilean fish whilst he was out there...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 05/02/17

On MGW tonight: Effect Of Volcanoes On Chilean Fish; Fish Accents & Aquatic Dawn Chorus; Atlas Of Mammals In Ireland...

Sunday 29th January

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 29/01/17 - Roosting Starlings & Rooks

Where do birds roost - and why? Derek Mooney teams up Richard Collins and Eugene Dunbar (from BirdWatch Ireland) at Lough Ennell in Co. Westmeath, as they find out about the marvellous starling murmurations that can be viewed there. And in the nearby village of Kilbeggan, Terry Flanagan talks to local man TP O'Gorman, and Eanna chats to ornithologist Eric Dempsey, about the numerous amount of crows that can be found roosting there...

Sunday 22nd January

Bird Identification & Field Guides

We help one listener to identify a mystery bird and explain why, for the very first time, it’s now singing in the early hours of the morning. And whether you’re a beginner or an expert, which are the go-to field guides when it comes to birdwatching? Eanna ni Lamhna and Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland share their top picks...

How Spiders Fine Tune Their Webs

Researcher Dr Beth Mortimer, from the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford, tells us about the wealth of information that spiders can pick up from their web's vibrations...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 22/01/17

On MGW tonight: How Spiders Fine Tune Their Webs; Bird Identification & Field Guides...

Sunday 15th January

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 15/01/17 - DOC: The Common Swift

Following on from last night's broadcast of The Beeman, our second NEW wildlife radio documentary this weekend is all about The Common Swift (Apus apus). Join Derek as he learns about efforts being made across Europe, from Cork to Warsaw, and from Belfast to Baku in Azerbaijan, to learn more and thus help save this favourite summer visitor!

Sunday 8th January

Pig Personalities

Professor Lisa Collins tells us about the different personalities pigs can possess!

Raoul Empey

RTÉ's Paul Cunningham chats to Wicklow man Raoul Empey about being one of Al Gore's 'Climate Reality Leaders'...

Budgies Can Avoid Collisions

Professor Mandyam V. Srinivasan explains why budgies are able to completely avoid collisions with each other when flying...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 08/01/17

On MGW tonight: Budgies Can Avoid Collisions; Raoul Empey; Pig Personalities...

Sunday 1st January

Young Environmentalist, Alicia Premakur

Reporter Terry Flanagan meets young Irish environmentalist Alicia Premakur...

Sir David Hempleman-Adams

We chat to the newly-knighted Sir David Templeman-Adams, one of the world's greatest explorers...

Killer Whale Research Ireland

Róisín Pinfield tells us about new research at University College Cork into one of our most intelligent and emotionally complex creatures, the killer whale...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 01/01/17

On MGW tonight: Killer Whale Research Ireland; Sir David Hempleman-Adams; Young Environmentalist, Alicia Premakur...

Sunday 18th December

DOCUMENTARY: The Robin - The Christmas Bird

Another chance to listen back to the classic 1999 Mooney Goes Wild documentary about our favourite festive feathered friend...

Feeding Garden Birds In Winter

Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan visits Derek at home in Dublin, with tips and advice on feeding garden birds in winter...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 18/12/16

On MGW tonight: Feeding Garden Birds In Winter; DOCUMENTARY: The Robin - The Christmas Bird...

Sunday 11th December

One Million Trees

Imogen Rabone tells us about her mission to plant a million trees in one day across the island of Ireland...

Wildlife Hospital

Terry Flanagan reports on plans to create Ireland’s first wildlife hospital for sick and injured animals...

Birds And Business

Ornithologist Eric Dempsey explains how birds can help fledgling businesses to take flight...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 11/12/16

On MGW tonight: Birds And Business; Wildlife Hospital; One Million Trees

Sunday 4th December

Save Our Soils

We depend on soil for our very survival and what many of us don’t realise is that it’s a finite resource. December 5th is ‘World Soil Day’ and help is being sought, through a petition, to protect it. Klaus Laitenberger, who’s an organic farm inspector, has been speaking with Eanna about the People4Soil project...

Wildlife Christmas Gifts Recommendations

Only three weeks to go! As Christmas draws closer, Richard Collins, Eanna ni Lamhna, Niall Hatch and Sinéad Renshaw bring you our recommendations for the perfect gift for the wildlife lover in your life!

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 04/12/16

On MGW tonight: Wildlife Christmas Gifts Recommendations; Save Our Soils

Sunday 27th November

Dodo Skeleton Auction

The dodo may be dead, but it still commands top dollar, as it goes under the hammer at auction! Errol Fuller, Natural History Curator at Summers Place Auctions joins us to tell us more...

Creative Cockatoos

Creative cockatoos prove they’re masters at cracking locks and building tools. We talk to Professor Alex Kacelnik from the University of Oxford about his new research...

The Wildlife Of New Zealand

Eanna ni Lamhna tells about the captivating Kiwi wildlife she saw on a recent holiday to New Zealand.

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 27/11/16

On MGW tonight: The Wildlife Of New Zealand; Creative Cockatoos; Dodo Skeleton Auction

Sunday 20th November

Northern Ireland's Tree Of The Year

Derek goes to see a 500 year old oak in Belvoir Park Forest in Belfast, which is one of the nominees for Northern Ireland Tree Of The Year, and to meet with Dr. Andy Bridge, Park Manager of Lagan Valley Regional Park...

Devil's Bit Scabious

Terry Flanagan finds out why Devil's Bit Scabious is so significant for the Marsh Fritillary butterfly, and the work that the IPCC is doing to reports on protecting the plant...

When Jeremy The Lonely Snail Met Lefty...

A month ago, we told you about Jeremy, the lonely snail unable to mate due to his left-coiling shell. The call went out to find a partner. Tonight Derek meets Jade Sanchez Melton, whose snail 'Lefty' might just be 'the one' for Jeremy...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 20/11/16

On MGW tonight: When Jeremy The Lonely Snail Met Lefty...; Devil's Bit Scabious; Northern Ireland's Tree Of The Year

Sunday 13th November

Cork Birdathon Next Saturday

as 'citizen science' is becoming an increasingly important way of tracking bird populations, we learn all about the very first Cork Birdathon, which will take place next Saturday...

Fate Of The Curlew

In Ireland, the iconic curlew is on the brink of extinction. Last weekend, a major conference and workshop took place in Co. Westmeath, dedicated to the protection and survival of the curlew; we sent reporter Terry Flanagan along to find out what we can do to help ensure its survival.

Exotic Birds Of The World

We're all about the birds tonight! As we receive recordings of birds from South America, we talk to Eric Dempsey and Richard Collins about some of the weirdest sounds our exotic feathered friends can make!

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 13/11/16

On MGW tonight: Exotic Birds Of The World; Fate Of The Curlew; Cork Birdathon Next Saturday...

Sunday 6th November

Dublin Heron Abducts Bird

We send Terry Flanagan out to report on some bewildering bird behaviour along the banks of the River Dodder in Dublin, as listener Philip Duffy tells us about his shock sighting when he witnessed a heron taking a bird!

Emigrating Eels

Once in plentiful supply here, the population of eels is now in catastrophic decline. Could new research help save them from extinction? Dr Paddy Gargan and Dr. Ken Whelan join Derek and Richard in studio to explain...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 06/11/16

On MGW tonight: Emigrating Eels; Dublin Heron Abducts Bird...

Sunday 30th October

The Human Swan

We catch up with the 'Human Swan', Sacha Dench, as she continues flying with Bewick's swans as they migrate from Russia to the UK...

Dublin's Dangerous & Deadly Plants

Did you know that some bats have cleft palates? And that by studying the lesser horseshoe bat, we could understand more about cleft palates in humans? Plastic surgeon Dr David Orr, and chiropterologist (bat expert) Prof Emma Teeling, tell us about their new joint research...

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