On Mooney Goes Wild today...
Terry Flanagan celebrates Ireland's best-known and most loved weed: the dandelion! Katriona McFadden gets down and dirty with the bugs that reside in your pillows. And we look forward to a groundbreaking new RTÉ television series exploring the Secrets Of The Irish Landscape.
Throughout the month of May, listeners to our programme and wildlife lovers everywhere are going to be treated to a bonus selection of nature programmes and features as part of the RTÉ Goes Wild season!
Staring at midnight this Sunday with the Dawn Chorus on RTÉ Radio One, RTÉ Goes Wild continues with Don’s Wild Watch on RTÉ Junior… and one man who will be appearing a lot more on our screens is documentary-maker Colin Stafford-Johnson.
The Emmy-award winning wildlife cameraman will be making his debut as a radio wild life documentary maker this Sunday at 7pm on RTE Radio One with his new series Nature On One. The first episode takes us to Skellig Michael, and Colin is in studio today to tell us more about what we might expect!
For more information on the RTÉ Goes Wild strand, visit http://www.rte.ie/tv/rtegoeswild/. If you'd like to download a schedule for all the different radio and TV programmes that will be part of RTÉ Goes Wild, click here.
This Sunday, 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 this Sunday, May 5th at 18:30 on RTÉ One.
Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, was Scientific Advisor for the series, and joins Derek in studio to chat about how Ireland's geology has formed and changed...
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
Niall Hatch, who is Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, will be one of the guests in our Dublin studios for the six-hour broadcast, and he's also in studio today to tell us which birds we might expect to hear!
To report your first sightings of swallows, cuckoos, swifts and white storks, visit www.springalive.net.
For more information about the Dawn Chorus, click here.
We received an e-mail this week from Monica Alveraz, who is a lecturer in the College of Further Education, informing us of a project that she and her students have just completed.
Every year they take on a 'Make Over'. They work with St. Michael’s House and pick one residence to upgrade.
This year, it was the turn of St. Michael’s House in Marley Court and today - now in fact - it is being officially opened, so earlier on this morning, Terry Flanagan headed over to see how things were going...
Monica Alvarez (College of Further Education, Dundrum)
and Anthony Sharkey, resident of St. Michael's House
Final preparations for the opening of the garden
Just over two weeks ago we had David Woolfson here in studio - he’s the founder of Irish company SleepAngel Pillows.
And he was joined by Bruce Mitchell, Consultant Clinical Immunologist and Allergist at the Blackrock Clinic and CEO of the Airmid Healthgroup.
Airmid have a laboratory here in Dublin. They tested the SleepAngel pillow and found it to be a 100% barrier against viruses, mould, microbes, allergens, bacteria – and all the other 'nasties' you might find inside your pillow.
So two weeks ago David and Bruce launched a competition here on Mooney. They said "send us your oldest, dirtiest pillow. We’ll replace it with a brand new SleepAngel pillow and we’ll take the dirty pillow away to the lab, put it under a microscope, see what’s in it and we’ll announce the winner on Friday May 3rd".
Which is today!
Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden is standing by at the Airmid Laboratories in Dublin with David and Bruce to find out the results...
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
Presenter: Derek Mooney