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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

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    We talk to an Irishman who decided that he needed cosmetic surgery to make him look as young as his girlfriend, we find out why the Rory Gallagher festival in Donegal has become so popular, and we hear about the upcoming Bioblitz event where scientists and amateur naturalists compete to record mammals, plants, bugs and new species around Ireland!

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    Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival

    Regular listeners to this programme will have heard Derek mention the name D4 Dave on more than one occasion! D4 Dave, as he’s affectionately known, is a former researcher on this programme and he also fronts a Rory Gallagher Tribute band.

    D4 Dave is Dave McHugh. His band is the Dave McHugh Band. They’ll be performing at the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon from Thursday, May 30th to Sunday, June 2nd, and he's back in studio today to perform a tune or two and tell us all about the festival!

    For more information about the festival, visit www.rorygallagherfestival.com.

    And for more information about the Dave McHugh Band, visit www.davemchughband.com!

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    RTÉ Goes Wild: BioBlitz 2013

    A very unusual championship is taking place in Ireland this month - but we’re not talking about football or chowder chomping or song contests.

    This competition features scientists and amateur naturalists in search of the flora and fauna of the Irish landscape!

    Liam Lysaght is Director of the National Biodiversity Centre in Waterford - and it's from our Waterford studios that he joins us today, to explain more...

    The Bioblitz will take place over a 24-hour period, from 5pm on May 24th to 5pm on May 25th, and in four different locations: Wicklow Mountains National Park, the Burren National Park, Lough Key Forest Park, in Co. Roscommon, and Colebrooke Estate, Co. Fermanagh.

    Volunteers have to record as many species as possible in the allotted time, identifying everything from the largest mammals and the tallest trees to the smallest bugs in the undergrowth.

    For more, visit http://bioblitz.biodiversityireland.ie

    For more information on the RTÉ Goes Wild strand, visit 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.

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    Bike Locks

    Unfortunately, if you're a cyclist, one of the 'givens' (particularly if you live in a city) is that you will have your bike stolen at some point. And then it’s 'Sayonara' and chances are you will never be re-united with your 'rothar' again.

    But there is a lot you can do to fight back against the bike thieves – Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden has been finding out more…

    The Dublin Cycling Campaign are a lobby group, who have made an online video called Avoid The Thief. It features bike mechanic Gareth Muldowney, who is shown walking around Dublin streets showing bikes that were locked well and bikes that were locked badly. 

    So Katriona went to meet up with Gareth in Dublin to find out just how easy it is to break the locks on the e-bike of Mooney's Broadcast Co-Ordinator Sinéad Renshaw...

    Gareth shows how easy it is to break a bike lock

    It's much easier than you might think to saw through a bike chain!

    Not even a heavy chain like this is secure enough, warns Gareth

     

    Bike mechanic Gareth Muldowney with his cutting tools!

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    Botox For Men

    We talk to an Irishman who decided that he needed cosmetic surgery to make him look as young as his girlfriend, we find out why the Rory Gallagher festival in Donegal has become so popular, and we hear about the upcoming Bioblitz event where scientists and amateur naturalists compete to record mammals, plants, bugs and new species around Ireland!

    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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