Derek Mooney presents The Dawn Chorus through the night live from Cushkinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, Co. Cork including documentaries on The American Alligator, Carl Linnaeus (Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist), The Black-Tailed Godwit and Rainforests Of Costa Rica.
From midnight until 6am, join Derek and the Mooney Goes Wild team in celebrating Ireland's beautiful birdsong in our legendary six-hour Dawn Chorus special. Broadcasting from Cuskinny Marsh in Cobh, the National Botanic Gardens, and the RTÉ studios in Dublin, we'll bring you the very best of the Dawn Chorus in the company of Ireland's leading ornithologists and wildlife experts, including Eric Dempsey, Jim Wilson, Niall Hatch, Terry Flanagan and Dr. Matthew Jebb. Plus, a chance to hear some of our wildlife documentaries:
00:00 - 01:00 The American Alligator
01:00 - 02:00 Carl Linnaeus
02:00 - 03:00 The Black-tailed Godwit
03:00 - 04:00 Rainforests of Costa Rica
And we'd love you to get in touch! Text 51551, e-mail email@example.com (include a phone number!) or tweet us: @MooneyShow. It's International Dawn Chorus, so wherever you are in the world, contact us and tell us where you are, what birds you can hear, what birds you hope to be able to hear etc..., and we'll try and listen to the birdsong wherever you are!
This is the Mooney Goes Wild bouquet sent to Derek to celebrate the Dawn Chorus in Cobh, from Paul Hayes of Flower Power Florists Glounthaune in Co. Cork. It's stunning - Derek loves it, particularly the birds of paradise flowers, and yellow roses, but he is hoping to get red roses some day :)
Derek Mooney introduces our Dawn Chorus programme from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, with Jim Wilson and Terry Flanagan. Eric Dempsey and Matthew Jebb provide commentary from the National Botanic Gardens, and for more expert opinion, we're also joined in Donnybrook by Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland.
Coverage continues of our Dawn Chorus programme from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, with Jim Wilson and Terry Flanagan. Eric Dempsey and Matthew Jebb provide commentary from the National Botanic Gardens, and for more expert opinion, we're also joined in Donnybrook by Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland.
The final hour of our Dawn Chorus programme from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, with Jim Wilson and Terry Flanagan. Eric Dempsey and Matthew Jebb provide commentary from the National Botanic Gardens, and for more expert opinion, we're also joined in Donnybrook by Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland.
Derek Mooney produces and presents this documentary about the American Alligator, first broadcast on June 27th 2001, as part of the World Wild series of documentaries.
Dr. Richard Collins presents this documentary about Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist; known as the Father of Taxonomy, his system for naming, ranking, and classifying organisms is still in use today. The documentary was produced by Derek Mooney and first broadcast on December 30th 2009.
Jim Wilson travels to Iceland to present this documentary about the Black-Tailed Godwit; it was first broadcast on June 20th 2001, as part of the World Wild series of documentaries. It was produced by Derek Mooney.
Eanna ni Lamhna travels to Costa Rica to present this documentary about the rainforests of Costa Rica; it was first broadcast on June 6th 2001, as part of the World Wild series of documentaries. It was produced by Derek Mooney.
Throughout the month of May, listeners to our programme and wildlife lovers everywhere are going to be treated to a bonus selection of nature programmes and features as part of the RTÉ Goes Wild season!
Staring at midnight this Sunday with the Dawn Chorus on RTÉ Radio One, RTÉ Goes Wild continues with Don’s Wild Watch on RTÉ Junior…
For more information on the RTÉ Goes Wild strand, visit www.rte.ie/tv/rtegoeswild. If you'd like to download a schedule for all the different radio and TV programmes that will be part of RTÉ Goes Wild, click here.
Hedgerows and the Law
Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.
It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.
It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.
It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.
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If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie