Friday, January 25th 2013

***MOONEY GOES WILD WINS ROSE D'OR AWARD!!***

The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and the awards ceremony took place last night (Tuesday, September 13th 2016).  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know drumroll... WE WON!!! We're absolutely thrilled to pieces, and a massive thanks to all our EBU and BirdLife International partners, we couldn't have done it without you!  Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or awards (in which legendary funnyman John Cleese picked up the Lifetime Achievement award), and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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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!

The Trinity Tree

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!

Murmurations Of Starlings

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

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.

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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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: It is an offence 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'. For more information, click here.

UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:

Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed

BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted.  It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.

Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made.  This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.

The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:

(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).

The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.

Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.

BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal.  In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.

BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.

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

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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