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    NestWatch 2014 - The Herring Gull
    The Herring Gull's nest is located on a roof at the RTÉ Campus. There are three eggs in the nest, and on Tuesday, June 3rd, two of those eggs hatched! Click here to watch

    Friday, January 25th 2013

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    Spring is fast approaching and love is in the air – as reports come in of amorous animals across the country! We’ll hear about the fox in Co. Meath who sings along to music on the radio, and Katrina McFadden goes on the trail of the African birds migrating as far north as County Donegal!

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    The Trinity Tree

    During the week, we received this e-mail from one of our listeners, Roger:

    Hi Derek, thought you might be interested in this photo. Its of a deciduous tree beside the Pav bar in Trinity College.

    It seems that the spot light which is on all winter is keeping the leaves nearest to it from falling off. Unusual? Taken yesterday 18th Jan 2013

    Roger Thomas, Kilkenny

    So last night, Eanna ni Lamhna, who is also President of the Tree Council of Ireland, went out to take a look!

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    Murmurations Of Starlings

    Last September, we covered the release of fifteen Red Squirrels on Killiney Hill, in south Dublin. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has made a concerted effort to reintroduce this beautiful native species to the parks in the area. The native Irish red squirrel has suffered hugely since the grey squirrel was introduced to Ireland, just over 100 years ago. So it really needs a helping hand, if it's to re-establish itself back into its rightful place. We said we'd keep track of this project, and we are true to our word! So today, Mary Toomey - who is Biodiversity Officer with Dun Laoghaire County Council - joins Derek and our wildlife panel in studio! Mary wants the locals to carry out a garden squirrel survey at the moment until the end of February to record what squirrels visit their gardens and what they are doing there. Many of you are carrying out garden bird surveys anyway so this could be done at the same time. If you visit http://www.dlrcoco.ie/parks/redsquirrel.html, then you'll be able to report your squirrel sightings. The survey will be carried out in January/ February, then again in May/ June, then also in October/ November.

    Bittern and Cattle Egret In Donegal

    Donegal, as we know, is a stunning county with beautiful scenery and rugged coastline. But, it seems, it has recently attracted two visitors from far-flung places who love the place so much they are refusing to leave!

    They are the Bittern and the Cattle Egret. Both are members of the Heron family. It's not the first time Ireland has seen either of these unusual visitors - but it is almost unheard of to see them so far north.

    Because of this birdwatchers have been 'flocking' (if you'll pardon the pun) to Donegal to see the two birds, who are 15 miles (or about 24 kilometres) apart.

    Proud Donegal woman Katriona McFadden went to see them this morning. She first visited Inch Island Wildfowl reserve and met Andrew Speer, Conservation Ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service...


    Bittern

     

    Red Squirrels On Killiney Hill

    Last September, we covered the release of fifteen Red Squirrels on Killiney Hill, in south Dublin. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has made a concerted effort to reintroduce this beautiful native species to the parks in the area. The native Irish red squirrel has suffered hugely since the grey squirrel was introduced to Ireland, just over 100 years ago. So it really needs a helping hand, if it's to re-establish itself back into its rightful place.

    We said we'd keep track of this project, and we are true to our word!  So today, Mary Toomey - who is Biodiversity Officer with Dun Laoghaire County Council - joins Derek and our wildlife panel in studio!

    Mary wants the locals to carry out a garden squirrel survey at the moment until the end of February to record what squirrels visit their gardens and what they are doing there. Many of you are carrying out garden bird surveys anyway so this could be done at the same time.

    If you visit http://www.dlrcoco.ie/parks/redsquirrel.html, then you'll be able to report your squirrel sightings. The survey will be carried out in January/ February, then again in May/ June, then also in October/ November.

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    Bittern And Cattle Egret Seen In Donegal

    Donegal, as we know, is a stunning county with beautiful scenery and rugged coastline. But, it seems, it has recently attracted two visitors from far-flung places who love the place so much they are refusing to leave! They are the Bittern and the Cattle Egret. Both are members of the Heron family. It's not the first time Ireland has seen either of these unusual visitors - but it is almost unheard of to see them so far north. Because of this birdwatchers have been 'flocking' (if you'll pardon the pun) to Donegal to see the two birds, who are 15 miles (or about 24 kilometres) apart. Proud Donegal woman Katriona McFadden went to see them this morning. She first visited Inch Island Wildfowl reserve and met Andrew Speer, Conservation Ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service...

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    Mooney's Big Cruise Game!

    Our five daily Mooney's Money winners from all this week play for a chance to win a fabulous 12-night Mediterranean cruise, with thanks to www.celebritycruises.com!

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    Red Squirrels On Killiney Hill

    Last September, we covered the release of fifteen Red Squirrels on Killiney Hill, in south Dublin. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has made a concerted effort to reintroduce this beautiful native species to the parks in the area. The native Irish red squirrel has suffered hugely since the grey squirrel was introduced to Ireland, just over 100 years ago. So it really needs a helping hand, if it's to re-establish itself back into its rightful place. We said we'd keep track of this project, and we are true to our word! So today, Mary Toomey - who is Biodiversity Officer with Dun Laoghaire County Council - joins Derek and our wildlife panel in studio! Mary wants the locals to carry out a garden squirrel survey at the moment until the end of February to record what squirrels visit their gardens and what they are doing there. Many of you are carrying out garden bird surveys anyway so this could be done at the same time. If you visit http://www.dlrcoco.ie/parks/redsquirrel.html, then you'll be able to report your squirrel sightings. The survey will be carried out in January/ February, then again in May/ June, then also in October/ November.

    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.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.

    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

     

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