Going For Grunion
The sight of thousands of Grunion fish tumbling onto shore on wave after wave of Pacific surf is a truly extraordinary thing to witness – and is sometimes referred to as a “Grunion Invasion”. It's long been on Derek's 'bucket list' - and recently, in California, he got to see this incredible phenomenon for himself. He tells us about his experience...
Desalination Through Graphene
As researchers at the University of Manchester create a way for seawater to be turned into drinking water, Ken Whelan explains what impact that might have on our salmon...
Swallows & Other Birds
We find out about your recent swallow sightings, as we search for the call of the cuckoo. And we invite you to join us for our special Dawn Chorus programme on May 7th, when we'll get to hear early morning birdsong in Ireland, Europe and India!
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 09/04/17
On MGW tonight: Swallows & Other Birds; Desalination Through Graphene; Going For Grunion...
Ireland's Rabbit Industry
Reporter Terry Flanagan investigates the flourishing industry that once was the rabbit business...
Tagging Light-Bellied Brent Geese
Dr. Richard Collins gets up close and personal with some Brent Geese on the North Bull Island in Dublin...
Tinder For Orang-utans
Dr. Mariska Kret from Leiden University in the Netherlands tells us about computer dating for orang-utans...
Seeking Swallows & Pheasant Encounters
We're on the search for sightings of swallows, plus we hear about Derek's pheasant experience on the road back from Cork!
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 02/04/17
On MGW tonight: Seeking Swallows & Pheasant Encounters; Tinder For Orang-utans; Tagging Light-Bellied Brent Geese; Ireland's Rabbit Industry...
Cavan's Garden Wildlife
Terry Flanagan visits the home of the Ryan family in Cavan, who tell him about the amazing array of wildlife that visit their garden!
My Naturama Nature Journal
Author and journalist Suzanne Campbell and her daughters road-test 'My Naturama Nature Journal' - plus WIN a two-book bundle of 'Naturama' + 'My Naturama Nature Journal'!
Maternal Instincts In Birds & Animals
As today is Mother’s Day, we celebrate the weird and wonderful maternal instincts of our hoofed, feathered and finned friends in the animal kingdom, with zoologist Dr. Richard Collins, ornithologist Eric Dempsey of BirdsIreland.com, and Isabel Baker, who is a Dolphin Researcher at the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation...
Calling All Cuckoos!
Every year at this time the race is on to be the first person to hear the cuckoo call. And we want Mooney Goes Wild to be able to claim the accolade this year! So as soon as you hear the cuckoo sing grab your phone, or any other recording device, and e-mail it to email@example.com!
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 26/03/17
On MGW tonight: Calling All Cuckoos!; Maternal Instincts In Birds & Animals; My Naturama Nature Journal; Cavan's Garden Wildlife...
Mooney Goes Wild - Doc: The Rat 19/03/17
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...
Mooney Goes Wild - Doc: The Dipper 12/03/17
In this new 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. For more information, visit www.rte.ie/mooney / Twitter: @naturerte / Facebook: rtenature
The Breathing Burren
Illustrator and author Gordon D'Arcy tells us about his new book, which celebrates The Breathing Burren - PLUS enter our competition to win of five copies of this gorgeous guide to this beautiful part of Ireland!
The Squirrels Of Howth Head
Reporter Terry Flanagan finds out about how locals on Howth Head are hoping to protect their red squirrels...
Westmeath's Whooper Swans
Derek and Richard Collins visit farmer Vincent Nally in Emper, County Westmeath, to find out about the bevy of Whooper swans visiting his land...
Derek's Resident Robin
Save the date - the Dawn Chorus show is back on May 7th! As we hear the robin resident in Derek's garden, we ask you to send us audio recordings and videos of resident birds in your area!
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 05/03/17
On MGW tonight: Derek's Resident Robin; Westmeath's Whooper Swans; The Squirrels Of Howth Head; The Breathing Burren...
Seachtain na Gaeilge & Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar
Seachtain na Gaeilge kicks off this Wednesday, March 1st, when we celebrate our Irish culture and language. Eanna explains more, and Eoin Warner tells us about his new two-part TG4 series, exploring the wildlife of Ireland's Atlantic edge, which also begins on March 1st!
What's your favourite bird? For many people, including Derry Kilroy, it's the goldfinch. Derry got in touch to tell us about the many goldfinches that visit his garden in County Westmeath; we sent reporter Terry Flanagan along to visit!
Niall Hatch's Wild Japan
With creatures such as cranes, eagles, and fish owls, Japan is a truly spectacular wildlife paradise! Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland was lucky enough to travel there on his holiday recently, and he joins Derek, Richard and Eanna in studio to tell us all about it!
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 26/02/17
On MGW tonight: Niall Hatch's Wild Japan; Glorious Goldfinches; Seachtain na Gaeilge & Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar...
Corr Scéal – Crane Notions
We meet Lorcán Ó Tuathail, author of a new book that examines myths and legends about the Eurasian Crane, and its place in Irish culture...
Ireland's First Female Botanist
Eanna ni Lamhna visits an exhibition in Trinity College, Dublin, about Ireland's first female botanist, Ellen Hutchins...
European Tree Of The Year Competition
We ask for your support for Ireland's entry in the European Tree of The Year competition...
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 19/02/17
On MGW tonight: Corr Scéal – Crane Notions; European Tree Of The Year Competition; Ireland's First Female Botanist...
Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow?
We find out about a listener’s fears for one of our most iconic mammals, the native Irish hare - Terry Flanagan travels to County Laois to learn more...
Eanna ni Lamhna investigates an explosion of newt numbers in a back garden in County Meath...
Exotic waxwings are flocking to our shores as they escape Europe’s big freeze - we visit Eric Dempsey in Wicklow to look for this beautiful bird...
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 12/02/17
On MGW tonight: Waxwing Lyrical; Numerous Newts; Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow?
Atlas Of Mammals In Ireland
Did you know that 72 mammal species have been recorded in Ireland? Almost a quarter of a million records from 57 datasets were used to help build up this information, and it has just been collated and published in a superb new book entitled Atlas of Mammals in Ireland 2010 – 2015. The book was launched recently by our very own Eanna ni Lamhna, and our reporter, Terry Flanagan, headed down to Kilkenny to chat to Eanna and to those who have been involved in its creation...
Fish Accents & Aquatic Dawn Chorus
Did you know that cod from different parts have different regional accents? Professor Steve Simpson, from Exeter University, is the lead researcher, and he joins us from the BBC studios in Bristol to explain how these fish have evolved to have different 'accents' - and to tell us about a fish Dawn Chorus!
Effect Of Volcanoes On Chilean Fish
Mooney Goes Wild's resident marine biologist, Professor Ken Whelan, has just returned from Chile, where he researched the effects of the exploding volcanoes on fish. Ken joins us in studio to tell Derek and Richard Collins about his fascinating trip to the South American country, and what he discovered about Chilean fish whilst he was out there...
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 05/02/17
On MGW tonight: Effect Of Volcanoes On Chilean Fish; Fish Accents & Aquatic Dawn Chorus; Atlas Of Mammals In Ireland...
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 29/01/17 - Roosting Starlings & Rooks
Where do birds roost - and why? Derek Mooney teams up Richard Collins and Eugene Dunbar (from BirdWatch Ireland) at Lough Ennell in Co. Westmeath, as they find out about the marvellous starling murmurations that can be viewed there. And in the nearby village of Kilbeggan, Terry Flanagan talks to local man TP O'Gorman, and Eanna chats to ornithologist Eric Dempsey, about the numerous amount of crows that can be found roosting there...
Bird Identification & Field Guides
We help one listener to identify a mystery bird and explain why, for the very first time, it’s now singing in the early hours of the morning. And whether you’re a beginner or an expert, which are the go-to field guides when it comes to birdwatching? Eanna ni Lamhna and Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland share their top picks...
How Spiders Fine Tune Their Webs
Researcher Dr Beth Mortimer, from the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford, tells us about the wealth of information that spiders can pick up from their web's vibrations...
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 22/01/17
On MGW tonight: How Spiders Fine Tune Their Webs; Bird Identification & Field Guides...
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 15/01/17 - DOC: The Common Swift
Following on from last night's broadcast of The Beeman, our second NEW wildlife radio documentary this weekend 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 thus help save this favourite summer visitor!
Professor Lisa Collins tells us about the different personalities pigs can possess!
RTÉ's Paul Cunningham chats to Wicklow man Raoul Empey about being one of Al Gore's 'Climate Reality Leaders'...
Budgies Can Avoid Collisions
Professor Mandyam V. Srinivasan explains why budgies are able to completely avoid collisions with each other when flying...
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 08/01/17
On MGW tonight: Budgies Can Avoid Collisions; Raoul Empey; Pig Personalities...
Young Environmentalist, Alicia Premakur
Reporter Terry Flanagan meets young Irish environmentalist Alicia Premakur...
Sir David Hempleman-Adams
We chat to the newly-knighted Sir David Templeman-Adams, one of the world's greatest explorers...
Killer Whale Research Ireland
Róisín Pinfield tells us about new research at University College Cork into one of our most intelligent and emotionally complex creatures, the killer whale...
Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 01/01/17
On MGW tonight: Killer Whale Research Ireland; Sir David Hempleman-Adams; Young Environmentalist, Alicia Premakur...
DOCUMENTARY: The Robin - The Christmas Bird
Another chance to listen back to the classic 1999 Mooney Goes Wild documentary about our favourite festive feathered friend...
Feeding Garden Birds In Winter
Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan visits Derek at home in Dublin, with tips and advice on feeding garden birds in winter...
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