Reporter Terry Flanagan discovers an amazing sunken village under Blessington Lake, we find out about the incredible increase in lapwing numbers - and we've all the action from Cheltenham, live!
It’s Gold Cup Day – the Blue Riband of Jump Racing. Arkle, Dawn Run, Desert Orchid, Best Mate and Kauto Star have all won this prestigious race... And it’s a very open race this year!
But already on the final day of the Cheltenham festival we’ve had a fare bit of excitement... RTÉ’s Michael Fortune joins Derek to set the scene from Cheltenham, and we also hear from Barry Orr, Public Relations Manager with Betfair. Tony O’Hehir provides the commentary.
The races that are due to take place today are:
13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle
14:05 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
14:40 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)
15:20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)
16:00 Cga Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
16:40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle
17:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup
For more information about all the racing at Cheltenham, visit www.rte.ie/sport/racing.
Blessington Lake is an artificial lake created in the 1940's to provide drinking water for the city of Dublin and also to provide water for a dam to generate electricity.
Over the last 70 years, it's become very much a part of the landscape in County Wicklow, and it has developed its own population of wildlife in the process!
Our reporter, Terry Flanagan, took a tour of Blessington Lake to find out more...
This weekend, a new tour boat will begin to take tours out on the lake and explain what is found under the water.
A large number of farms were flooded to create this lake. The lake is huge (a coastline of nearly 60 km) and it is a lovely day out.
Lots of wildlife including ospreys - very seldom seen in Ireland - other birds of prey, ducks, geese and lots more!
For more information, visit www.poulaphuca.com.
He loves his birds and more specifically the partridge but he is also responsible for the radical increase in lapwings, which were in rapid decline not only in Ireland but in Europe... Kieran Buckley, of the Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust & Peatland Habitat, is in studio to explain more!
Every Friday, 'Mooney' concentrates on wildlife and nature. So much so, that the Friday programme has a special name: 'Mooney Goes Wild'. We regularly hear of interesting and exciting stories about foxes, pine martens, and the birds and the bees. But, have you ever stopped to think of the wildlife that exists WITHIN the human body?
It’s estimated that there are somewhere between 6 and ten billion cells making up the average full grown human body. That is, up to 10,000,000,000 cells. Well, for every one of those cells, it’s estimated that there are more than 10 microbes in or on our body surface. That’s an astonishing 100,000,000,000 bacteria, fungi or viruses associated with each of us. Not such a nice thought, is it?
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.
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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