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    Derek talks to Brian Finnegan, Editor of Gay Community News, which is celebrating its 25th birthday. And he's also joined by Michal Kosinski, from the University of Cambridge, who tells us how giving the thumbs up to something on Facebook reveals more about you than you realise!

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    25 Years Of Gay Community News

    Brian Finnegan is in studio with Derek today, and he's celebrating a birthday! It isn't his birthday - but it is the 25th birthday of Gay Community News, of which he is editor. It is one of the longest running free publications in the world and Brian tells us how he became involved in the magazine, and how things have changed for the gay community in the last 25 years. To find out more about Gay Community News, visit www.gcn.ie.

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    Like Facebook?

    Do you like curly fries? We all know by now that we are what we eat, but for the one billion facebook users out there, it turns out that you also are what you like!!

    And, you may be surprised to learn that if you like curly fries on Facebook, well then you are likely to have a high IQ!

    A study on Facebook behaviour carried out by researchers at Cambridge University Psychometrics Centre has been receiving attention around the world because of the extent it was able to predict personality traits of its users. The research was headed by Michal Kosinski, Operations Director at the University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre, and he joins Derek today from the studios of BBC Cambridge, to tell us why we should 'like' what they found!

    To find out more, visit www.youarewhatyoulike.com.

    The Genealogy Roadshow In Derry

    The Genealogy Roadshow will be in Lumen Christi College in Derry from 1.00pm to 5:30pm on Saturday. The stories they will be exploring include:

    - A farmer whose extensive family tree might link him back to Saint Oliver Plunkett
    - A Portstewart man who may be related to Che Guevara
    - The mystery of a village whose inhabitants and homes were wiped off the map in 1852
    - And the Donegal family who might just be related to Hollywood icon Meryl Streep

    And lots more besides!

    The audience will also get the chance to speak to local genealogists about their own queries.

    The event is free, just get in touch if you'd like to attend - e-mail Ciara at genealogy@bigmountainproductions.com

    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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