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    NestWatch 2014 - The Herring Gull
    The Herring Gull's nest is located on a roof at the RTÉ Campus. There are three eggs in the nest, and on Tuesday, June 3rd, two of those eggs hatched! Click here to watch

    Monday, April 29th 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    Brenda Donohue meets the motorcyclists who provide a life saving service for hospitals, Ramona Nicholas tells us about her investments in Dragons' Den and we’re looking for three players for our Monday quiz...

    DAWN CHORUS 2013

    Join the Mooney Goes Wild team on Sunday, May 5th 2013, from 00:00 - 06:00, for the Annual Dawn Chorus from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, Co. Cork.

    The documentaries that will be broadcast during Dawn Chorus are:

    00:00 - 01:00   Carl Linnaeus

    01:00 - 02:00   The American Alligator

    02:00 - 03:00   The Black-tailed Godwit

    03:00 - 04:00   Rainforests of Costa Rica

    For more information about the Dawn Chorus, click here.

    Unusual Bird Nest Sites!

    We will be launching Nestwatch 2013 very shortly, and many of you have contacted us to tell us about the strange places that you have found birds nesting! So we want to find out about the most unusual nest sites in the country! Please send in your photos by e-mail to mooney@rte.ie, and we'll put them up on the website! This is not a competition, and there aren't any prizes, but we will credit your photos!

    MOONEY'S EUROVISION MELODIES

    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.

    Secrets Of The Irish Landscape

    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...

    Secrets Of The Irish Landscape starts on Sunday, May 5th at 18:30 on RTÉ One.

    Click here to view the series trailer: 

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    FOLLOW-UP: Neonicotinoids Linked To Dwindling Bee Populations In Europe

    Philip McCabe, Public Relations Office with the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations and President of the European Commission for Apimondia, joins us with the latest...

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    The Dutch Coronation Song

    The new Dutch king will be inaugurated tomorrow - but the song written to mark the event has been causing some controversy amongst his new subjects...

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    Hospital Bikers

    What comes to mind when you think bikers? Hairy, leather-clad hellraisers?

    Then meet the ones who are volunteering to save lives; they are not Hell’s Angels, they are Heaven’s Angels!

    Seventeen bikers, from all kinds of backgrounds and professions, have come together to form Blood Bike West.

    Brenda donned her leathers and met up with some of them, including Mike Carthy, who explained to her what Blood Bike West is all about...

    If you would like to find out more info on Blood Bike West, then visit www.bloodbikewest.ie.

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    Dragons' Den: Ramona Nicholas

    If you were watching Dragons' Den last night, you might have been overcome by a wave of positivity about the future of Irish business.

    Last night's programme was a special episode, entitled Junior Dragons' Den, and it featured a seriously impressive array of business talent, all of whom were actually school-going children!

    One of the Dragons in the Den was Ramona Nicholas, a woman who takes a lot of impressing! But last night, two young girls stepped up to the plate in real style.

    Aine Murray, aged 13, and Kaitlin Murray, aged 14, both students from North Dublin, went down a treat with Ramona, as they presented their ecostyle bags. Ramona joins Derek and Brenda in studio today to tell us why she wasn't just impressed, but was kicking herself that she hadn't come up with the idea herself!

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    Mooney’s Monday Quiz

    It’s Monday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?

    Well, “Mooney’s Monday Quiz” of course!!!

    And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

    To celebrate their new ‘Walking Holidays’, the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, Co Clare have given us a 2-night weekend break for 2 people sharing one room.

    Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings, a guided Burren walk with Tony Kirby of ‘Heart of Burren Walks’ – and a packed lunch!

    When you get back from your walk you have dinner included on a night of your choice in either the hotel’s Brendan O’Regan room or the Town Hall Bistro.

    You can then finish off your night with some traditional Irish music in the Poet’s Corner.

    Well, if that sounds like something you would like to win…..

    …we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.

    To enter just text your name to 51551, email mooney@rte.ie or call 1850 715 900.

    The quiz will take place just after 4pm today.

    You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.

    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.

    To follow us on Twitter, use the handle @MooneyShow.

    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

     

    If you require a CD copy of this programme please e-mail tapes@rte.ie or click here for RTÉ Archives sales form. Transfer fees and terms and conditions apply.

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