Friday, January 25th 2013

***MOONEY GOES WILD NOMINATED FOR 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 they will take place later this year.  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 that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, 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...

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!

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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