Terry Flanagan celebrates the Lesser Celandine: the flower that truly marks the arrival of spring. We discover what could possibly be Ireland's ONLY greater horseshoe bat, which has taken up residence in County Wexford. And Birdwatch Ireland's Niall Hatch meets the bluetits in Tallaght that have set up their very own HSE, nursing and caring for their disabled relatives!
In advance of the 58th Eurovision Song Contest (May 14th – 18th, Malmö, Sweden), indulge your Eurovision fever with Derek and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra!
Mooney's Eurovision Melodies will take place in the Main Auditorium at the National Concert Hall on Thursday, May 9th at 8pm, and joining the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be Eurovision legends Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington and more...
A nostalgic celebration of the heady days of Ireland’s past success in Eurovision and in anticipation of future glory, the programme will include What’s Another Year?, In Your Eyes, Volare, Rock’n’Roll Kids ... and there may be a few surprises!
Prices range from €13.50 to €39.50, and there is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. To book, click here or call the NCH Box Office on 01 417-0000.
Next month, a new three-part series examines the changing geology of the island of Ireland.
16,000 years ago, Ireland was a land covered in ice, uninhabitable to both humans and animals. So how did Ireland go from being a frozen country to the green and pleasant land of today? In this new series, Derek Mooney pieces together the clues to uncover the Secrets Of The Irish Landscape...
Click here to view the series trailer:
Take a walk along a country lane or along a hedgerow or a river bank. Look down at your feet. What do you see? A weed with a yellow flower. What plant is it? The Lesser Celandine, and to me this is the true flower that heralds the arrival of Spring (and not the Daffodil).
We got an unusual call from Don Brady in Rathfarnham. Don is a keen gardener and he found a robin’s nest in his polytunnel. Just one problem – the nest was built on an open box of slugtox pellets.
Don was extremely worried that this might affect his future family, and with that in mind, he got in touch with Mooney Goes Wild, and we decided to send out Terry to investigate…
In February this year, ecologist and Bat Conservation Ireland member Paul Scott made the discovery of a lifetime - a species called the Greater Horseshoe Bat had landed on Irish shores and was in hibernation in an old cellar in a secret location in Wexford. Previous to this there had only been one recorded sighting of the species in Ireland when it was introduced by human hand to Castle Leslie well over eighty years ago – though that introduction is thought to have failed.
Greater Horseshoe Bat
Regular listeners to the programme will know that Bat Conservation Ireland have recorded nine species of bat breeding in Ireland - and while this vagrant bat doesn’t make ten - it is an incredibly important find for ecologists.
Louise Denvir recently spent the day in a decaying cellar with Paul and a team of licensed bat workers, who hoped to place an identification ring on the bat’s wing so they could track its movement over the coming months.
But was the bat still there or had it emerged from hibernation and flown away? Louise began her day meeting Paul in his bright red camper-van, in a field - somewhere in the middle of Wexford.....
The panel chat to Dr. David Finn from NUI Galway, who is one of the speakers at the 6th European Workshop on Cannabinoid Research, which takes place in Trinity College Dublin this weekend
The Genealogy Roadshow is going to Derry this Saturday from 1:30 to 5:30pm in Lumen Christi College. All are welcome.
They'll be meeting lots of local people and hearing stories from across Ireland.
Some of the stories they'll be investigating include:
* Oscar Winning Actress Meryl Streep and her Donegal roots;
* The legend of the Co. Down Village where all the people were evicted and shipped off to America in the dead of night;
* And a family from Louth discovers whether or not they're related to one of Ireland's greatest Saints.
All this and more and it's free to attend.
Places are filling up so contact the team now.
Email email@example.com or call Sean on 085 235-6977. See you there!
We got what you could only describe as the ‘most charming’ e-mail into Mooney Goes Wild this week.
It was from bird lover Brian Mac Cormaic in Tallaght in Dublin.
He sent us in some pictures of the bluetits who have returned to the nestbox in his garden.
And, if you look closely, you will see that one of the bluetits has only one leg.
And Brian was wondering is it unusual for a bird to ‘take on’ a disabled mate, or stay with it after it suffers a disabling injury.
And he mentioned that this subject was very close to his heart as his own father had only one leg! But his mother didn’t seem to mind and they went on to raise ten children!
Well we dispatched Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, out to Brian’s house in Tallaght this morning to answer all his questions about disability and wildlife…
A new dedicated digital children’s channel has just been launched by RTE. It's called RTÉjr, and it’s available on TV, radio, online and mobile.
The new service is aimed at children up to age 7, and it's part of a three-year strategy to develop new services for young people here in RTÉ.
From the point of view of Mooney Goes Wild, we are delighted that RTÉjr is helping to develop and nurture an entire new generation of wildlife enthusiasts. And they are doing so with the help of an old friend of ours, Don Conroy.
Don’s Wild Watch programme airs for the first time tomorrow, Saturday April 20th, at 11.30am, on RTEjr Radio.
In their first programme, the team goes out in search of a badger’s sett in the Phoenix Park. And Don travels to the North Slobs of Co. Wexford to look for Grey Herons and he find a Grey Herons egg!
They also have a piece about Natterjack Toads, and the children from Scoil Na Coroine in Ashford, Co. Wicklow, put Don’s wildlife knowledge to the test!
If you want to hear the full show, Tune in on your digital radio, or online at http://www.rte.ie/rtejr/listen/donswildwatch.
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