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    Mooney Friday 5 April 2013

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

    Secrets of the Irish Landscape

    There’s a new series coming up on RTE 1 shortly that uncovers secrets etched into the Irish Landscape and takes a closer look at our mostunique Irish flora and fauna ecosystem. It is part of RTE’s Wild Life themes we will be seeing in the month of May …

    The series – called “Secrets of the Irish Landscape” - will feature the wise insights of our own Richard Collins and Eanna Ni Lamhna.

    The cinema has been booked for 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 1. The screen holds about 277 people. But we will be giving away 250 tickets.

    There will be a questions and answers session afterwards with some of the contributors from the series

    Tickets are now SOLD OUT.

    Washed up Ragworm.

    The recent storms have washed up a range of sea creatures on the beach at Malahide. Richard Collins & his two grandsons went down to examine some of the King Ragworms, alive, amongst the debris. The king ragworm is by far the largest creepy-crawley to be found in Ireland; one of the specimens we found was about a third of a metre long. Multi-legged, it looks like a giant millipede, wriggling slowly and burrowing into the sand to escape.

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    Spring Alive

    Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Eanna Ni Lamhna & Niall Hatch from Birdwatch Ireland.
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    Secrets of the Irish Landscape.

    Colm Crowley, producer of new documentary "Secrets of the Irish Landscape" drops into studio to tell Derek about the new series and how it the idea came up to make the three part documentary. NOTE: Tickets are now SOLD OUT.
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    De-extincion Programme

    One of the Stephen Spielberg's film 1993 Drastic Park was box office hit one of the most important scenes was when David Attenborough went to see the dinosaurs. New research has shown that Science might allow extinct animals and plants to be reborn through de-extincion programme, Prof Michael Archer discuses with Derek how this might be possible.
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    The world of the Swallow.

    Derek & Panel discuss when people should start looking for swallows among the countryside.

    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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    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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