Mooney Goes Wild

    Sunday, 10pm-11pm, RTÉ Radio 1

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    Sunday 30th August

    Terry's Answer Machine Mission

    Terry Flanagan visits Liam O'Leary in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. He has a problem with grey squirrels robbing eggs from his henhouse

    House Martin Chicks Fall from Their Nest

    Derek went to Cork three weeks ago to visit Kathryn Cashman who contacted the programme about what she thought were three swallow chicks who had fallen from their nest. Kathryn joins Derek on the line with an update on their progress

    Jim Wilson Sets Sail for the Northwest Passage

    im WIlson is one of our main Dawn Chorus panellists every year. He is also an author and lecturer onboard cruise ships that take passengers with an interest in wildlife to the Arctic, Antarctic and pretty much everywhere in between. He talks to Derek Mooney about what can be seen on such expeditions

    Sunday 23rd August

    Nature in the Middle East

    Richard Collins talks to Richard Porter, an expert on Middle Eastern wildlife at the Rutland Bird Fair

    Eric Dempsey

    Eric Dempsey, one of Ireland's leading ornithologists, is at the Rutland Bird Fair with Derek Mooney. He looks at nest boxes and also about his memoir which has just been published

    Rutland Birdfair

    Derek Mooney is at the Rutland Bird Fair in Leicestershire , one of the biggest wildlife fairs in the world.

    Sunday 16th August

    Badgers on the Move

    Last week on the show we were talking about a group of badgers who’ve been living under a Dublin family home… Ecologist Billy Flynn from the Irish Wildlife Trust has been closely monitoring developments since you were there with him about two weeks ago and he joined us on the line to update us on progress.....

    Plastic Bag Levy Update

    Eanna Ní Lamha updates us on the amount of money raised by the plastic bag levy and what projects it funds

    Swift Tower in Belfast

    Swift numbers have dropped significantly in recent years and the lack of suitable nesting sites is thought to be a root cause. But there’s an initiative in Belfast which aims to provide cosy hideaways for swifts to nest in once they arrive on these shores. Derek went to Belfast to investigate

    Animal Verb Competition

    There are dozens of words in our language, particularly verbs, which have an animal name in them … such as badger, fox (as in ‘to outfox’), and so on. We asked you to come up with some of your own suggestions … and then we’d select three winners. Patsy McGarry of The Irish Times has more

    Japanese Knotweed

    Japanese Knotweed is being described in the press as some kind of terrifying monster which is rampaging across both Ireland and the UK… Dr Matthew Jebb of the Botanic Gardens and Cllr Marcia Dalton from Cork have more

    Sunday 9th August

    MGW Habitats - Programme 3/5

    In this new five-part series, biologist Terry Flanagan, ornithologist Eric Dempsey and botanist Matthew Jebb take listeners on a wondrous journey into the habitats of some our native and exotic plant and animal species. Tonight: Derelict Buildings, Woodpeckers & Deserts. For more, visit www.rte.ie/mooney

    Sunday 9th August

    Sam Muller, Wildlife Crime Fighter

    Last month, a brand new international body, with the aim of reducing global wildlife crime, was launched. It’s the Wildlife Justice Commission, based in the Hague, and its new director, Sam Muller, joins us from there to tell us about the Commission, and what we, the public, can do to prevent wildlife crime...

    Hunting 'Trophies' Now Contraband On US Planes

    Mary Schiavo, aviation lawyer at Motley Rice LLC in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, tell us why three US airlines are now prohibiting the transportation of animal hunting 'trophies'...

    Badgers On The Move

    On the show last week, Eanna talked about a group of badgers who’ve been living under a Dublin family home. Ecologist Billy Flynn from the Irish Wildlife Trust has been closely monitoring developments since Eanna was there with him just over a week ago and he joins us on the line with an update...

    Piranhas Off Irish Coast?

    A headline in the paper this week read “Flesh eating ‘piranhas’ found in Irish waters”. Can it be true? We discuss with resident marine biologist Ken Whelan...

    Animal Verbs

    Last week. Richard mentioned that the badger is the only animal whose name has become a verb. Listener Sam disagreed, and sent us his suggestions. Sinéad Renshaw talks us through them. So can you think of any more? We have three fab nature books to give away - see www.rte.ie/mooney for details!

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 09/08/15

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    Sunday 2nd August

    MGW Habitats - Programme 2/5

    In this five-part series, biologist Terry Flanagan, ornithologist Eric Dempsey and botanist Matthew Jebb take listeners on a wondrous journey into the habitats of some our native and exotic plant and animal species. Tonight: the bog, red kite and alpine flora of the Burren! For more, visit www.rte.ie/mooney

    Sunday 2nd August

    Gulls Follow Up

    Derek and Niall Hatch, BirdWatch Ireland's Development Officer, visit Howth to learn how locals are dealing with their gull population...

    Answering Machine Mission: Dormouse Sighting

    In a special Answering Machine Mission, MGW reporter visits listener Lindi Dingle in Kildare, who has spotted an extremely rare dormouse...

    Badgers On The Move

    During the week, Eanna ni Lamhna observed as Billy Flynn, of the Irish Wildlife Trust, translocated a family of badgers; we hear how they got on...

    Mystery Of Loch Ness Monster Solved?

    Steve Feltham has observed Loch Ness for 25 years, hoping to get the definitive answer on what lies beneath. He now believes it may be a wels catfish; he joins us from the shores of the Loch to tell us why, and Ken Whelan chats about this behemoth of a fishy beast...

    Outcry Over Lion Deaths In Zimbabwe

    In the last week or so, it emerged that the popular Africa lion Cecil, who was being studied by Oxford University, had been shot and killed after Walter Palmer, an American recreational big-game hunter and dentist, had wounded him with an arrow. Overnight came conflicting reports that Cecil's brother, Jericho, may or may not also have been killed by poachers. Derek chats it over with Richard Collins, Eanna ni Lamhna and Ken Whelan...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 02/08/15

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    Sunday 26th July

    MGW Habitats - Programme 1/5

    In this new five-part series, biologist Terry Flanagan, ornithologist Eric Dempsey and botanist Matthew Jebb take listeners on a wondrous journey into the habitats of some our native and exotic plant and animal species. Tonight: the hedgerow, skylark and banana tree! For more, visit www.rte.ie/mooney

    Sunday 26th July

    How Mosquitoes Choose Their Victims

    Jeff Riffell is a biologist at the University of Washington, and a scientist involved in newly published research investigating why mosquitoes bite who they do, and what we can do to prevent bites. He joins us on the programme today with some very interesting and quite unexpected strategies...

    Answering Machine Mission: Lammas

    On the programme, we're here to help YOU! Do you have a problem, a wildlife problem? If so, why not get in touch, and we will send our reporter, Terry Flanagan, out to investigate! That's exactly what Peter Foody, from Co. Kildare, did, when he noticed some strange, alien-like growth on his oak trees. Terry went to find out more...

    Apiarian Roundup With Philip McCabe

    Our very own Philip McCabe has just been appointed World President of Apimondia, the global beekeeping federation! He joins us in studio to chat about his new role, and we hear about a special project taking place in Trinity, to remove of the varroa mite from honey bees, in a new project called Blazer...

    Gulls Grab The Headlines!

    Derek discusses the antics of those headline-grabbing gulls with panellists Richard Collins, Eanna ni Lamhna and Philip McCabe...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 26/07/15

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    Podcast - Interview With Dr. Graham Fry

    Sinéad Renshaw talks to Dr. Graham Fry of the Tropical Medical Bureau about preventing mosquito bites...

    Sunday 19th July

    Ruthless Ravens

    Dr. Jorg Massen from the University of Vienna explains how smart but ruthless ravens sabotage bonding between other birds who may become future competitors...

    Orchids On The Bull Island

    Reporter Terry Flanagan goes in search of the Bull Island bee orchid...

    Catalan Donkeys

    Derek and panel chat about the iconic Catalan donkey PLUS we want your suggestions for a MGW wildlife car sticker! See rte.ie/mooney for more!

    Spanish Wolves

    Professor John O'Halloran from UCC talks to Darío Fernández-Bellon about the wolves of north-west Spain...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 19/07/15

    Visit www.rte.ie/mooney for full details on all the items discussed on tonight's show!

    Sunday 12th July

    Norway Convicts Wolf Killers

    Norwegian journalist Trond Berg on why wolves are shot in Norway...

    Reintroducing Wolves To Scotland

    Richard Morley from The Wolves And Humans Foundation chats about whether wolves might be reintroduced into Scotland...

    Wolf - Spirit Of The Wild

    Eric Dempsey tells us about making his documentary Wolf: Spirit Of The Wild. To download a copy of this doc, visit rte.ie/mooney

    Reintroducing Wolves To Ireland: Could We? Should We?

    Should we reintroduce wolves to Ireland? Could we? Dan Lettice discusses with Derek, Richard Collins & Eric Dempsey..

    Ireland's Lupine History

    Reporter Terry Flanagan visits the Natural History Museum to chat to Keeper Nigel Monaghan about Ireland's wolves...

    Wolf Voxpop

    How much do the public know about our lupine past? Sinéad Renshaw goes to find out!

    The Wolves Of South County Dublin

    BirdWatch Ireland's Niall Hatch tells Derek about his experience with a wolf in South County Dublin...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 12/07/15

    Visit www.rte.ie/mooney for full details on all the items discussed on tonight's show!

    Sunday 5th July

    Chimps & Bad Backs

    Recent research involves going back in time to study back problems in our ancestors: our primate cousins! Prof Keith Dobney is Head of Archaeology and Chair of Human Palaeo-Ecology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and he's been one of the leaders of this fascinating new direction in research; he joins us from Aberdeen to explain more...

    Tagging Deer In The Phoenix Park

    Last Sunday was a big day in the Phoenix Park as members of the Irish Deer Society turned out in force to lend assistance to members of UCD's Zoology Dept, in the capturing the deer to tag them. Our reporter Terry Flanagan was also there, to monitor proceedings...

    Swift City, Belfast

    Niall Hatch has just returned from Belfast, meets with Peter Cush, Senior Scientific Officer with Northern Ireland Environment Agency, to learn about swift cities, and how birds nest soup is made from swifts spit...

    Birds Of Malta

    Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland chats about his recent visit to Malta, where he learnt about efforts to save the migratory birds that fly over the island...

    Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 05/07/15

    Visit www.rte.ie/mooney for full details on all the items discussed on tonight's show!

    Sunday 28th June

    Soil Ecologist Diana Wall Awarded UCD Ulysses Medal

    Eanna ni Lamhna meets renowned soil ecologist Dr. Diana Wall, Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State Unviversity, who was recently awarded the UCD Ulysses Medal, in Dublin...

    Duhallow LIFE Project

    Terry Flanagan chats to Dr. Fran Igoe from the IRD Duhallow LIFE Project about the conservation work they are involved in along the River Allow in Co. Cork...

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