Mooney Goes Wild

    Sunday, 10pm-11pm, RTÉ Radio 1


    Sunday 24th May

    Young Environmentalist Awards

    Reporter Terry Flanagan finds out more about the Young Environmentalist Awards from IEN's Ian Carey, and meets some of the winners - for more on Biodiversity Week, visit

    In Search Of The Soft-Mouth Trout

    Marine biologist joins us to chat about his fascination for the soft-mouth trout, and why he's about to head to Croatia in search of it...

    Sinéad's Nature News

    Sinéad Renshaw has a round-up of all this week's nature news, including why cuckoos are good for carrion crows, and the Leitrim river soothing insomniacs all over the world!

    World's First 'Werewolf' Plant

    Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, joins us in studio to tell us about the 'werewolf' plant, Ephedra foeminea, which - it has just been discovered - only blooms under the light of the full moon in July!

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    Sunday 17th May

    Nature Watch

    An internet action called Nature Alert has been launched by over 90 environmental NGOs across Europe, with the aim of stopping any threats to current nature protection efforts and to obtain better implementation and enforcement of Europe’s nature laws. One of those NGOs is BirdWatch Ireland - and to tell us more about Nature Alert, we're joined by Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland...

    NestWatch 2015: The Mallards - The Liberation

    Five weeks ago, a female mallard duck appeared in an enclosed, first-floor courtyard within one of the buildings in RTÉ. She laid ten eggs, and on Wednesday, those eggs began to hatch. Early on Thursday, Derek and his A Team liberated Mum and ducklings to a local park; tonight, we bring you the story of that relocation...

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    Sunday 10th May

    Sinéad's Nature News

    From blushing dolphins to protecting the birds of New York - Sinéad Renshaw has all this week's Nature News!

    Exploring Your Local Woodland

    Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan explores Tomnafinnoge Wood in south Co. Wicklow, with listener Jim Murphy, to learn more about the wildlife that can be found there...

    NestWatch Returns With Mallard Ducks!

    NestWatch is back! A family of ducks is making their home in an RTÉ courtyard, where the female has laid six eggs. They are due to hatch this Thursday, May 14th...

    Pine Martens & Red Squirrels

    Richard Collins and Derek Mooney meet Quercus ecologist Dr David Tosh, and Therese Hamill from the Ring of Gullion and Cooley Red Squirrel Group, to find out how the pine marten is an unlikely ally to the red squirrel...

    Dawn Chorus 2015

    If you missed the six-hour Dawn Chorus mega-broadcast in the early hours of last Sunday, here is just a sample of the beautiful birdsong from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh...

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    Sunday 3rd May

    Dawn Chorus - The Full Six Hours

    Download the full six hours of the 2015 Dawn Chorus, and bring the beauty of the birdsong with you wherever you go!

    Dawn Chorus - Sixth Hour (05:00 - 06:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    Dawn Chorus - Fifth Hour (04:00 - 05:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    Dawn Chorus - Fourth Hour (03:00 - 04:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    Dawn Chorus - Third Hour (02:00 - 03:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    Dawn Chorus - Second Hour (01:00 - 02:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    Dawn Chorus - First Hour (00:00 - 01:00)

    Live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh

    The Dawn Chorus Of Cuskinny Marsh

    We bring you a sample of the beautiful birdsong from the Dawn Chorus at Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, as heard in the early hours of this morning...

    Marsh Fritillary Butterflies

    Reporter Terry Flanagan pays a visit to the IPCC at Lullymore Bog, to catch up with Conservation Officer, Tadhg Ó Corcora, and find out more about Ireland's rarest butterfly, the Marsh Fritillary...

    Birdsong As Therapy

    Sound recordist Chris Watson describes how the birdsong of the Dawn Chorus can be beneficial as a form of therapy...

    Spring Alive

    Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland chats about the flora & bird life of the Phoenix Park, the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin, and the Spring Alive project...

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    Sunday 26th April

    Why Do Whales Go Through The Menopause?

    Did you know that only female humans, short-finned pilot whales, and resident killer whales are known to go through the menopause? But what’s the evolutionary reason why female whales continue to live long after their fertility has ended? Dr. Lauren Brent and her colleagues at the University of Exeter investigated, and Lauren joins us to explain...

    The Newts Of Gowran

    Liam Lysaght from Gowran in Co. Kilkenny got in touch with us to say that newts are positively thriving in his ponds, and he invited us to visit, so we sent reporter Terry Flanagan off to take a look...

    Preview Of Dawn Chorus 2015

    We identify listener James' mystery bird, Jim Wilson previews the 2015 Dawn Chorus, Anne Marie McAleese and Dot Blakely tell us about BBC Radio Ulster's involvement, and Sinéad Renshaw chats about a very special QR code on the front of this week's RTÉ Guide!

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    Tuesday 21st April

    05 The Birds Of The Dawn Chorus

    Derek Mooney, Dr. Richard Collins, Eric Dempsey & Jim Wilson on the subtleties of bird song (featuring: Great tit, Yellowhammer, Song thrush, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Pheasant, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Sedge warbler, Cuckoo, Chaffinch, Greenfinch)

    04 How Birds Sing

    Derek Mooney, Dr. Richard Collins, Eric Dempsey & Jim Wilson

    03 Where Birds Sing

    Terry Flanagan & Eanna ni Lamhna on location in the Phoenix Park, Dublin

    02 What Is The Dawn Chorus?

    Derek Mooney, Dr. Richard Collins, Eric Dempsey & Jim Wilson

    01 Dawn Chorus with introduction by Derek Mooney

    Recorded at Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve, Cobh, Co. Cork

    Sunday 19th April

    The Birds Of Bahrain

    Prof. Brendan Kavanagh from RCSI explains why working in Bahrain led to him writing all about the local ornithological sights in Birds Of Dilmun...

    Ireland's Great Spotted Woodpeckers

    Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan heads out with BirdWatch Ireland's Niall Hatch, to find out more about Ireland's woodpeckers...

    Tracking Badgers

    Dr. Nicola Marples, Associate Professor at the Department of Zoology at Trinity, tells us why badgers in Co Wicklow have been fitted with collars carrying the latest GPS tracking technology, so that their night time activities can be monitored...

    Derek's Blackbird & Call For Your Bird Recordings!

    Derek tells us all about the blackbird singing in his garden, plus we're looking for your bird recordings to use as part of our Dawn Chorus broadcast on Sunday, May 3rd!

    Sunday 12th April

    A Foxy Encounter

    One of Ireland’s most common and widespread mammals is the Fox. It is also one of our most handsome animals with it’s distinctive reddish-brown coat and bushy tail and it is the only wild member of the dog family found here. Our reporter, Terry Flanagan, set off for Terenure very early last Sunday morning to find out more...

    As Strong As A Limpet’s Tooth

    Common limpets such as those found along the coastline have been found to hold extraordinary powers of super strength, which could revolutionise engineering, such as in the design of Formula 1 racing cars, planes and boats of the future. Eanna ni Lamhna and Mooney Goes Wild producer Sheila O'Callaghan headed off to the coast to see what they could spot.

    eDNA & Salmon

    Mooney Goes Wild’s resident marine biologist, Dr. Ken Whelan, joins Derek, Richard and Eanna in studio to describe the work of Dr Jens Carlsson and his team in UCD, who are planning to use environmental DNA to trace the whereabouts of juvenile salmon, who, it is feared, are ending up in the nets of giant trawlers at sea…

    Sinéad’s Nature News

    Mooney Goes Wild’s Broadcast Co-Ordinator, Sinéad Renshaw, joins Derek, Richard, Eanna and Ken in studio with a look at some of the wildlife and nature stories making the headlines – including how the desert pupfish of Death Valley in Nevada can ‘hold it’s breath’ for up to five hours - and why a businessman paid €33,000 for a fish for his dinner!

    The Brontosaurus Is Back!

    For over a hundred years, the Brontosaurus has been declared a misnomer - everyone’s favourite dino was in fact just a sub-set of the Apatosaurus, and thus never existed. However new research unveiled this week has cast doubt on this age-old theory. Professor Paul Barrett dinosaur researcher at the Natural History Museum in London, explains

    Sunday 5th April

    Kerry’s Barn Owls

    Why are barn owls facing risk on Kerry's roads? Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan chats to John Lusby of BirdWatch Ireland to find out...

    The Loneliest Whale In The World

    Where is the world's loneliest whale, why is it lonely & why is filmmaker Josh Zeman looking for the 52-hertz whale? He explains to Derek and Richard...

    Bat Of The Year 2015

    Eanna ni Lamhna talks to Prof. Emma Teeling of UCD's BatLab about the Bat Of The Year, a new Bat family, & the work of the BatLab...

    Small Hive Beetles & Bees

    Why do small hive beetles makes their bee captors regurgitate? Philip McCabe, Mooney Goes Wild bee expert, has the answers!

    Sinéad’s Nature News

    Should we feed ducks with peas? Sinéad Renshaw chats nature news with Eanna ni Lamhna, Richard Collins & Philip McCabe...

    Friday 2nd January


    Each year, from late October through to February, hundreds of thousands of Starlings come together to form magnificent aerial displays just before they roost. Why do they do it? In this special programme, Starlings, Derek Mooney and Dr. Richard Collins investigate one of nature's greatest spectacles: Starling murmurations...

    Wednesday 31st December

    Bring Them Home For Christmas Reunion

    We hear what happened when the winners of the Bank Of Ireland-Mooney Bring Them Home For Christmas, the Mongey family from Brisbane, were reunited with their Irish family members at Mooney Tunes 11...

    Tuesday 30th December

    Nathan Carter House Party

    Join us to relive a unique evening of music & craic, when Nathan Carter & his band performed in 11-year-old Brona Cox's front room in Ballymahon, Co. Longford. Brenda Donohue was there to capture an unfortgettable House Party, when Bronagh's dreams came true...

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