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    Mooney Friday 8 February 2013

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    Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment...

     

     

    Irish hares

    The Irish hare is one of the most iconic of our native species, and it featured on the old three pence coin, between 1928 and 1969.

    But recent developments, particularly the introduction of the European hare, are posing threats to its continued survival.

    Anthony Hallam is a Ph.D. student at Queen's University, Belfast, and he is conducting research into the health of the Irish hare population. He joins Derek and the panel in studio today.  And if you have any sightings of hares to report, you can e-mail them to Anthony at ahallam01@qub.ac.uk.

                           

     

    Frogs

    The first ever national survey of Irish roads has been completed and the estimate as to the population of frogs in the Republic is truly astonishing.

    A whopping 165 million frogs are jumping around the 26 counties of the Republic, the most populous being the common frog (Rana temporaria).

    Ferdia Marnell from the National Parks and Wildlife Service joins Derek on the gang to get behind these amazing figures.

                        

    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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    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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