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    Mooney Monday 4 February 2013

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    Kenya Experience

    The Building of Hope Project is a charity which last year built classrooms and dormitories for blind children in Mombasa, Kenya. The project brings volunteers from Ireland – bricklayers, plasterers, carpenters etc – for a week or 10 days to work on it’s projects.

    For more information visit the website www.buildingofhope.org

    Or contact Olive Halpin Tel +353 (0) 876994599 Fax +353 (0) 876994599 olivehalpin1@eircom.net

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    Tubridy the Calf

    Nick and Elaine Flaven, dairy farmers in Youghal Cork are donating a calf to Youghal Cancer Support Centre for auction on, 25th Feb at Dungarvin Mart.

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    Michael Winslow

    Michael Winslow joins Derek on today show, to talk about his current Irish tour. Michael is best known from his role as officer Officer Larvell Jones in the Police Academy series of movies. He is an extraordinary mimic, creating sounds as diverse as Barking dogs, Jets Roaring, squishing soggy sneakers, cellphone ringtones and screaming guitars.

    Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Competition

    Located on the West Cork coast and overlooking two stunning beaches, Inchydoney Island is perfectly positioned for a relaxing getaway with picturesque surroundings that have to be seen to be truly appreciated.

    Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is giving one lucky Mooney Show listener the chance to win a luxurious two night stay for two people in a deluxe ocean-view room at the lavish four star retreat where they will enjoy breakfast on both mornings and indulge in a sumptuous five course meal on one evening in the award-winning Gulfstream restaurant surrounded by dramatic panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Guests will melt away as they are pampered with the invigorating Diamond & Gold Skin Revival Package, which includes a rose-hip oil and pure gold flake treatment that will leave your face, décolletage and hands revitalised and youthful.

    The Diamonds and Gold Package is available from March at €300 per person sharing on weekends and €280 per person sharing midweek.

    Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is located near Clonakilty, West Cork has been named Ireland’s Leading Spa Resort three times at the World Travel Awards and has been named in the Top 10 Hotels in Ireland and in the Top 25 Hotels for Service in Ireland by the 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards which are based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. For more information please visit www.inchydoneyisland.com or www.facebook.com/InchydoneyIsland

    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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