Sunday 11th March


Some EU countries have seen a decline in bee colonies of more than 50%. Thus, MEPS are calling for increased support for beekeepers, the banning of harmful pesticides, more investment in developing safe bee drugs, and a clampdown on imports of fake honey. Philip McCabe is President of APIMONDIA – Bees Of The World.

Ireland's Native Woodlands

A new publication by ecologist John Cross and forester Kevin Collins presents a vision for Ireland’s native forests, and a roadmap for their preservation and expansion. Éanna Ní Lamhna went for a walk in Enniskerry Co Wicklow.


Niall Hatch and Derek talk about the complex matter of hedgecutting in Ireland.

March Hares

Terry Flanagan, travelled to Co. Mayo and met up with Dr. Karina Dingerkus who is an Ecologist with a PhD on the ecology and distribution of the Irish hare.

Sunday 4th March


Terry Flanagan talks about urban photography with Michael Keating in Dublin


To discover more about the Common frog in this country and what this latest research could mean... Sheila O’Callaghan has been out to the grounds of University College Dublin to meet Rob Gandola, senior science officer at the  Herpetological Society of Ireland...

Giant Squid

The Giant Squid recently acquired by the National History museum in Dublin was caught 118 miles off the Kerry coast. It’s currently in refrigerated storage in Dublin, where Richard Collins met with Paolo Viscardi, Zoology Curator with the Natural History Museum...

Cold Birds

Jim Wilson reports on how the birds are faring during the Beast from the East and this late winter...

Sunday 18th February

The Swans Of Lough Ennell

Terry Flanagan reports on some frisky swan activity on Lough Ennell... www.rte.ie/mooney

Wikie The Talking Whale

Professor Josep Call from the University of St. Andrews tells us about Wikie the talking Whale... www.rte.ie/mooney

Woodpeckers' Talking Drums

No two drummers are ever the same in the world of Woodpeckers - we discover their sophisticated art of rolls, strokes and rhythms, with Niall Hatch, of BirdWatch Ireland ... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 18/02/18

On MGW tonight: Woodpeckers' Talking Drums; Wikie The Talking Whale; The Swans Of Lough Ennell ... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 4th February

Living Without Plastic For A Week

Could you live without plastic for a week? Arlene Finn, of Galway City Council, tells us about a new challenge being issued to Galwegians to avoid single-use and disposable plastic for seven days, as Mooney Goes Wild researcher Sinéad Renshaw is tasked with undertaking the same test!

Wet Wipes

Marine biologist Rowan Byrne finds out about a new type of biodegradable wet wipe... www.rte.ie/mooney

Great Gliders

Ornithologist Eric Dempsey is in studio to give his thoughts on a gliding starling that Derek observed... www.rte.ie/mooney

MEPs Supporting Bees

Philip McCabe, President of Apimondia, tell us about moves being made in European politics to protect our bee populations... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 04/02/18

On MGW tonight: MEPs Supporting Bees; Great Gliders; Wet Wipes; Living Without Plastic For A Week ... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 28th January

Dublin Bay: Nature And History

Richard Collins meets author Richard Nairn, to find out about a new book which celebrates the miraculous coastal ecosystem that is Dublin Bay... www.rte.ie/mooney

Researching Primates In Africa

Research Scientist Adeelia Goffe joins Derek and the panel is studio to give us a unique insight into primates in the African jungle... www.rte.ie/mooney

Glossy Ibis

Derek enjoys a rare sighting of the Glossy Ibis on the Shannon callows, with Bord na Móna ecologist Mark McCorry, and visits Niall Hatch at the BWI's East Coast Nature Reserve to observe the ibis there... www.rte.ie/mooney

Robins & Hawfinches

BirdWatch Ireland's Development Officer, Niall Hatch, joins Derek, Richard and Eanna in studio to chat about the robin that visits Derek's garden, and a fascinating hawfinch that one of our listeners tweeted us about... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 28/01/18

On MGW tonight: Robins & Hawfinches; Glossy Ibis; Researching Primates In Africa; Dublin Bay: Nature And History... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 21st January

Hen Harriers

Reporter Terry Flanagan meets John Lusby and Caroline Sullivan, to learn more about the new Hen Harrier programme, and how it will help protect this iconic species... www.rte.ie/mooney

Preventing Wildlife Crime

We travel to Northern Ireland to hear about an award-winning PSNI initiative using drone technology designed to catch wildlife criminals. From Peregrines to Buzzards, Red Kites to Sparrowhawks, Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland is in studio to chat about the devastating impact of poisoning on our birds of prey. Also joining us is Superintendant Martin Walker of An Garda Síochána, who’s been investigating wildlife crime in this country for than thirty years... www.rte.ie/mooney

Peregrine Falcon Study

Irene O'Brien from the Irish Raptor Study Group tells us about a new study which reveals positive news for Ireland's Peregrine Falcons... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 21/01/18

On MGW tonight: Peregrine Falcon Study; Preventing Wildlife Crime; Hen Harriers... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 14th January

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 14/01/18 - Special - The Bergen Whale

A special programme on the Bergen Whale, which was found to have over 30 plastic bags in its stomach, as we investigate the horrific effect that plastic pollution is having on marine animals... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 7th January

Connecting Nature

Eanna ni Lamhna meets up with Trinity's Dr. Marcus Collier, to hear how modern cities can provide nature-based solutions to 21st century problems... www.rte.ie/mooney

Cork's Red Pandas

Prof. John O’Halloran visits Fota Island Nature Reserve in Co Cork, to chat with Director Sean McKeown, meet some adorable Red Panda Cubs – and much more besides! www.rte.ie/mooney

Mesmerising Starling Murmurations

Derek visits the Albert Bridge in Belfast, and Lough Ennell in Co. Westmeath, to witness the magnificence of nature’s ballet that is the starling murmuration... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 07/01/18

On MGW tonight: Mesmerising Starling Murmurations; Cork's Red Pandas; Connecting Nature... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 17th December

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 17/12/17 - Special - Christmas Gift Special

On Mooney Goes Wild tonight: not sure what to get the nature lover in your life for Christmas? Join Derek, Richard, Ken, Eanna, Terry and Niall for our bumper Christmas gift suggestions programme! www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 10th December

Harper's Island Nature Reserve

Ornithologist Jim Wilson tells us about the new Harper's Island Wetland Centre in Cork! www.rte.ie/mooney

Dancing Gulls

Have you ever noticed gulls dancing? Derek meets up with BirdWatch Ireland's Niall Hatch to find out more about why they do this... www.rte.ie/mooney

Coffee Cup Levies & Kenya's Plastic Pollution Reduction

As Ireland considers introducing a coffee cup levy, Kenya's Environment Minister Judi Wakhungu tells us how her country is combating plastic pollution... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 10/12/17

On MGW tonight: Coffee Cup Levies & Kenya's Plastic Pollution Reduction; Dancing Gulls; Harper's Island Nature Reserve...

Sunday 3rd December

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 03/12/17 -Special - Irish Ornithological Research Conference

On MGW tonight: we celebrate the latest Irish research into Ireland's bird species, as Derek and Dr. Richard Collins meet up with Professor John O'Halloran, and a wealth of scholars, for the 7th Irish Ornithological Research Conference at UCC... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 26th November

GMIT Screens 'Sonic Sea' Documentary

Lorraine Bull, of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, has news of a special screening of the documentary Sonic Sea, at GMIT, on November 29th 2017 ... www.rte.ie/mooney

Cork Birdathon

Derek has details of the upcoming Cork Birdathon, which will take place on December 2nd 2017 ... www.rte.ie/mooney

Another Bite Of The Cherry

Eanna ni Lamhna visits Dr. Matthew Jebb at the National Botanic Gardens to find out more about the current exhibition there, called 'Another Bite Of The Cherry'... www.rte.ie/mooney

Bumper Mushroom Season

Terry Flanagan goes out exploring the forest and looking for mushrooms, in the company of listener James Connell... www.rte.ie/mooney

Irish Mosquitoes

Derek and Richard Collins chat to Finán Gallagher about researching mosquitoes in Ireland, and to Siobhan Grehan about treating Irish travellers who've contracted exotic diseases... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 26/11/17

On MGW tonight: Irish Mosquitoes; Bumper Mushroom Season; Another Bite Of The Cherry; Cork Birdathon; GMIT Screens 'Sonic Sea' Documentary... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 19th November

Venom - Killer And Cure

We meet musician Steve Ludwin, a man who has been injecting himself with snake venom for 30 years, as 'Venom – Killer and Cure' opens at the Natural History Museum in London; Dr Ronald Jenner, Venom Evolution expert, has the details of this fascinating exhibition... www.rte.ie/mooney

J. Ashton Freeman & Budgerigars

On J. Ashton Freeman’s anniversary, we delve deep into the archives with RTÉ Radio Archivist Rob Canning, to learn about the times when RTÉ wildlife presenters told stories about harpooning whales whilst performing their own sound effects! Gerard Lanigan, from the Éire Budgerigar Society, has advice on how to teach a budgie to talk... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 19/11/17

On MGW tonight: J. Ashton Freeman & Budgerigars; Venom - Killer And Cure... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 12th November

The Living Bog & Tapestry Of Light

Eanna ni Lamhna travels to Clara Bog in County Offaly to learn about The Living Bog project, which plans to bring back to life an area the size of 7,000 Croke Parks! PLUS we talk to photographer Tina Claffey about her new book of stunning photographs of Ireland's bogs - and we have a competition to win one of three copies!

Wicklow's Woodpeckers

Eric Dempsey meets author Declan Murphy to find out how woodpeckers are making their presence felt in Wicklow... www.rte.ie/mooney

Migration Of Monarch Butterflies & Adopting Streams

We find out about the Monarch Butterfly which landed on the head of an unsuspecting angler, and Ken Whelan explains why you should adopt a stream! www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 12/11/17

On MGW tonight: Migration Of Monarch Butterflies & Adopting Streams; Wicklow's Woodpeckers; The Living Bog & Tapestry Of Light... www.rte.ie/mooney

PODCAST - Woodpeckers: A Life In The Trees

Author Declan Murphy reads an extract from his book 'A Life In The Trees'. For more information about the book, and to listen back to Eric Dempsey's interview with Declan, visit www.rte.ie/mooney.

Sunday 5th November

Trinity Trees Project

Eanna ni Lamhna learns how an art installation is revealing microscopic magic in the Trinity Trees Project...

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