Podcasts

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...

Bats & Cleft Palates

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...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 30/10/16

On MGW tonight: Bats & Cleft Palates; Dublin's Dangerous & Deadly Plants; The Human Swan...

Sunday 23rd October

Humpback Whales Of Cape Verde

Dr. Simon Berrow tells us why the documentary 'The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde' provides such a fascinating insight into the migration patterns of one of the world’s most endangered species...

Learning Through Nature

Niall Hatch explains how running wild with nature can help children learn more effectively, outside of the confines of the classroom!

Mayo Dark Sky Festival

As the Mayo Dark Sky Festival draws closer, Sue Callaghan explains what we can do in our cities to limit light pollution and enjoy the experience too...

Looking For Love For A Leftie Snail

Professor Angus Davison tells us about the left-leaning snail that's looking for love - and how YOU can help!

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 23/10/16

On MGW tonight: Looking For Love For A Leftie Snail; Mayo Dark Sky Festival; Learning Through Nature; Humpback Whales Of Cape Verde...

Sunday 16th October

Mooney Goes Wild: Doug Allan Special

An unmissable chance to listen to Emmy-award winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, as he describes shooting some of most memorable wildlife sequences ever seen, and what it really feels like to swim close to whales in the depths of the oceans...

Sunday 9th October

Norway's Underwater Floating Tunnel

NRK's Nature Correspondent Helge Søfteland joins us from Norway to tell us all about a proposed new floating tunnel, and about his country's plans to gift Finland a mountain next year!

Swimming With Whale Sharks

On MGW, Alice O'Sullivan, and marine biologists Hilary Healy and Lucy Hunt compare their varying experiences of swimming with whale sharks, as we debate the pros and cons of wildlife tourism...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 09/10/16

On MGW tonight: Swimming With Whale Sharks; Norway's Underwater Floating Tunnel...

Sunday 2nd October

Mooney Goes Wild: Linnaeus

The great Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus, was the first person to grow bananas in Europe. Most of the plants and animals of Europe, and many from elsewhere, were described by him and the name, Linnaeus, has become iconic. The naming system, which he perfected, has proved to be an extraordinarily useful scientific tool. A few years ago, Derek and Dr. Richard Collins visited Sweden, Holland and London to make a radio documentary on the great man, and tonight, we have another chance to listen back to the duo as they embark on their Linnaean pilgrimage...

Sunday 25th September

Europe's Earthworms

Olaf Schmidt takes Eanna ni Lamhna for a walk around UCD to take a look at some 'ecosystem engineers' – otherwise known as Earthworms – and check up on the health of their numbers here...

Tracking Kittiwakes

Dr. Mark Jessop tells Professor John O’Hallora about the cameras that are charting the life and times of the Kittiwake, from the Skellig Islands off the coast of County Kerry to the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean...

Do Animals Exercise For Fitness?

The state of the nation's health has been very much in the news this week, with recommendations including an increase in levels of physical activity. But what about our beastly brethren? Do animals exercise for fitness? Richard Collins talks to eco-physiologist Dr. Lewis Halsey to find out what his studies have revealed...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 26/09/16

On MGW tonight: Do Animals Exercise For Fitness?; Tracking Kittiwakes; Europe's Earthworms

Sunday 18th September

Mooney Goes Wild Special: European Dawn Chorus

Another chance to listen back to highlights of our Dawn Chorus programme, which this week was won the prestigious Rose d'Or award for Best Radio Event Of The Year in Europe, at the ceremony in Berlin...

Sunday 11th September

Mooney Goes Wild Special: Invasive Species

Last month the EU published new legislation, requiring all member states to take action on a list of 37 invasive alien species. But what exactly are they? In this special, Derek, Richard Collins and Eanna ni Lamhna examine the effect that invasive species can have on our ecosystem and what can be done to combat them...

Sunday 4th September

Mooney Goes Wild Special: Cuckoos

Derek Mooney and Dr Richard Collins visit Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire to talk to Professor Nick Davies, one of the world's leading authorities on cuckoos...

Sunday 28th August

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 28/08/16

On MGW tonight: Tree Sculpture in North Dublin; Bambi In The Burbs; Caring For Hedgehogs...

Caring For Hedgehogs

Right around the country, there are refuges for sick or injured hedgehogs, often run by volunteers. One such sanctuary can be found in the north of Dublin city. It’s run by Aideen McGee, from a spare room in her own home in Finglas. Eanna ni Lamhna went along to meet her and the menagerie of animals in her care...

Bambi In The Burbs

Regular listener Pat Kelly lives in South Co. Dublin, and his garden backs onto an old abandoned estate. Looking out of his window recently, he saw a deer looking back at him. Reporter Terry Flanagan went to investigate

Tree Sculpture in North Dublin

Standing at the corner of St Anne’s Park in Raheny in Dublin, this magnificent tree sadly came to the end of its days some months ago, as it had become unsafe. But new life is now emerging from this Monterey Cypress, as it’s been transformed into an absolutely stunning sculpture, which is attracting attention from far and wide.

Sunday 21st August

State Of The World’s Plants...

For the very first time, a global assessment of our world’s flora has been carried out. The State of the World’s Plants report, compiled by Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, shows that 1 in 5 species are at risk of extinction. Eimear Nic Lughadha leads the Conservation Assessment and Analysis team at Kew in the UK, and spoke to Eanna ni Lamhna about compiling the data for this groundbreaking report...

Faithful Fairy-Wrens

A new study of the red-backed fairy-wren shows that the pairs which sing together were significantly more likely to stay together. Richard Collins talks to the ornithologist who conducted the research, Daniel T. Baldassarre, of the University of Miami...

Wildlife Of Dublin Bay

Reporter Terry Flanagan sets off on a Biosphere Discovery Tour around Dublin Bay; visit rte.ie/mooney to find out how you could win cruise around Dublin's Biosphere; comp ends at 9am on Wed. Aug. 24th 2016.

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 21/08/16

On MGW tonight: Wildlife Of Dublin Bay; Faithful Fairy-Wrens; State Of The World’s Plants...

Sunday 31st July

Review: Finding Dory

As Pixar's forgetful blue tang returns, we send marine biologist Ken Whelan and MGW's Eanna ni Lamhna off to the flicks to appraise Finding Dory, along with young reviewers Eliza Rogan and Kate Kelly and Rachel Foley...

Chris Wilson & The Butterflies Of Raven Wood

Terry Flanagan visits the Raven Nature Reserve in Wexford to find out how the late naturalist Chris Wilson is being remembered with a new leaflet on butterflies; he talks to Mary Foley, Dr. Tomás Murray and Don Conroy...

The Dunnocks Of Cambridgeshire

Please note, some of the content in this podcast may not be suitable for children. Richard Collins meets Prof. Nick Davies from the University of Cambridge to find out about the colourful sex lives of dunnocks...

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 31/07/16

On MGW tonight: The Dunnocks Of Cambridgeshire; Chris Wilson & The Butterflies Of Raven Wood; Review: Finding Dory...

Sunday 24th July

Spider Venom And Cancer

Eanna ni Lamhna visits the Natural History Museum, where she meets Irish Research Fellow, Galway Zoology Lecturer and bug hunter Dr. Michel Dugon, to find out about the benefits of spider venom!

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