Sunday 22nd October

John Bradley

John Bradley is Manager of the Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve and he joined Derek on the phone to tell him How did “Hula” the whooper swam come to be at Frampton March.

Bat Bridge

Derek visited Ireland's first-ever bat bridge over Galway's newest motorway constructed specially to conserve the Lesser Horseshoe bat.The lesser Horseshoe Bat one of the smallest mammals in Ireland gets its name from the horseshoe-shaped flap of skin which surrounds its nostrils.

Hurricane Winds

On Monday this week a very angry Ophelia swept in off the south west coast of Ireland wreaking havoc to all in its path and leaving a trail of destruction. As we know many near misses were reported. So how do animals fare when hurricanes hit? In studio Derek spoke with Eric Dempsey, Éanna Ní Lamhna and Richard Collins.

Sunday 15th October

Manchester's Backpacker Bees

Sarah Martin tells us about a programme in Manchester called Connected Bees, which provides bees with backpacks to collect data as well as pollen!

DNA Research Proves Native Irish Honey Bee Not Extinct

LIT student Jack Hassett explains why his DNA research has proved conclusively that the Irish Honey Bee is NOT extinct...

The Skerries Shark

Sailing instructor Kerri-Ann Boylan tells Derek about the shark she filmed swimming in Skerries during the week, as shark expert Lucy Hunt gives us her view on the sighting...

Apimondia 2017

Philip McCabe, Mooney Goes Wild's resident bee expert and President of Apimondia, joins Derek and Richard in studio to chat about the recent Apimondia conference in Turkey that was attended by almost 13,000 people from 127 countries!

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 15/10/17

On MGW tonight: Apimondia 2017; The Skerries Shark; DNA Research Proves Native Irish Honey Bee Not Extinct; Manchester's Backpacker Bees...

Sunday 8th October

Mooney Goes Wild: The Wildlife Of The Wooden Bridge (08/10/17)

Derek is joined by Mooney Goes Wild regulars Richard Collins, Eanna ni Lamhna, Terry Flanagan and Richard Collins, for a stroll along the Wooden Bridge on North Bull Island, in Dublin Bay, to discover the wildlife that can be found there...

Sunday 1st October

Life In Plastic

Research has revealed that microplastic particles are also contaminating the atmosphere and even our tap water, with potential risks for our health. Dr. Anne Marie Mahon, from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, is at the forefront of research into microplastics in our environment - and Richard and Derek travelled to Galway to meet her to find out more...

Invasive Pink Salmon

Mooney Goes Wild's resident marine biologist Dr Ken Whelan joins Derek, Richard Collins and Eanna ni Lamhna in studio tonight explain why he has been tracing the increasing appearances of pink salmon in Irish rivers, and the possible impact they could have on our native species of Atlantic Salmon...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 01/10/17

On MGW tonight: Invasive Pink Salmon; Life In Plastic...

Sunday 24th September

Mooney Goes Wild - Doc: Fallow Deer - The Dubliner's Deer - Revisited

Born within a couple of hundred metres of the Phoenix Park, Terry Flanagan spent much of his childhood fascinated by these majestic animals that roamed the Park. Now he has fulfilled his ambition by spending a year following their progress and recording their activities from the moment of conception to the birth of a young fawn...

Sunday 17th September

Mooney Goes Wild - Doc: The Swallow, From Egg To Africa (Revisited) 17/09/17

In this radio documentary, Eric Dempsey looks at the amazing journey of the swallow. In the space of just five short months, the the bird goes from being an egg to arriving in Africa. The programme was first broadcast in 2004, so to bring us up to date on Ireland's swallow population in 2017, Eric catches up with Declan Manley, an expert bird ringer...

Sunday 10th September

Mooney Goes Wild - Doc: Carl Linnaeus 10/09/17

Derek and Richard Collins embark on a journey to learn more about Carl Linnaeus, the Father of Classification...

Sunday 3rd September

Mooney Goes Wild - Doc: The Rat 03/09/17

They say you're never more than six feet from a rat. In this new documentary, we burrow into the underground world of one of our most vilified creatures, the rat. Naturalist Eanna ni Lamhna, is our intrepid guide...

Sunday 27th August

Mooney Goes Wild - Doc: The Beeman 27/08/17

Since his record-breaking attempt for the most bees on him, Mooney Goes Wild's resident expert Philip McCabe became known as 'The Beeman'. Fast forward twelve years, and Philip is now worldwide President of Apimondia, International Federation of Beekeeper's Associations. We visit the places and people who influenced the charismatic Monaghan man!

Sunday 20th August

Mooney Goes Wild - Doc: The Common Swift 20/08/17

Our wildlife radio documentary tonight 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 this help save this favourite summer visitor!

Sunday 13th August

Mooney Goes Wild - Doc: The Dipper 13/08/17

In this documentary, Derek Mooney learns about the latest research into the habits and characteristics of this most intriguing of birds, and finds out how analysing a dipper's feathers can indicate the stress level of the bird and the environment...

Sunday 6th August

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 06/08/17 - Errol Fuller Special

Derek and Richard Collins travel to Kent to meet Errol Fuller, a Natural History Curator, painter, author of books about extinction, and a man with an extraordinary eye for collecting fossils and stuffed animals - many of which can be found at his home...

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


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...

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