We catch up with the latest news from our Blue Tit and Swallow nests, Brenda Donohue finds out about Ireland’s first ever pig syndicate, Clane man Barry Rellis tells why he wants to go to Mars, and journalist Jill Kerby tells us why families should support each other in times of financial need!
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Our Blue Tits and swallows are properly settled into their nests now...
In our Blue Tit nest box, in Derek's garden, we now have seven eggs!
The parent Blue Tits
We now have seven eggs in our nest box
Click here to view all the activity in the nest box!
And... we're also now streaming NestWatch 2013 from the most exclusive address in the country: Áras an Uachtaráin. Click here to view all the activity in our Swallow nest!
We have had a lot of discussion about pigs on this show, particularly rearing urban pigs.
Can it be done? What’s involved? And how will the neighbours feel?
Well in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, there is an allotment which has the first free range herd of pigs owned by a syndicate in Ireland!
Brenda met Caitriona Redmond, who is Chair of the Balbriggan Community Allotment Association, to find out more.
And if you'd like to learn more about the syndicate, then visit their Facebook page or visit www.balbriggan.info.
It’s a long, long way from Clane to Mars but that is what one young man is hoping to do in 2023 as part of The Mars One project.
You may remember a few weeks ago Derek spoke to Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and General Director of Mars One, a not-for-profit organisation based in Holland which aims to set up a colony on the red planet and televise them Big Brother style.
They hope to land their first crew by 2023 - but there’s a catch. When you’re gone, you’re gone – you get a one way ticket and there’s no coming back!
Barry Rellis, an engineer from Clane in Co Kildare, is serious about becoming a real life rocket man – and he’s Ireland’s only applicant so far for the Mars One project. He joins Derek in studio today to tell us why he wants a one-way ticket to the Red Planet!
Brenda Donohue, Barry Rellis and Derek Mooney
To find out more about the Mars One project, visit www.mars-one.com.
In spite of all the teenage protests, a mother’s job is never done!
According to financial journalist Jill Kirby, because of the economic crisis, the role of mother is more crucial than ever before if we want to stop losing sons and daughters to emigration and help those knocked down by the recession back on their feet.
So we need to do a few things...
Parents need to get back in control.
We need to talk to each other and speak up when we get into financial difficulty.
And we need to look to the financial security of the family as a whole, not as its separate units.
Jill Kirby is Personal Finance journalist with The Sunday Times, and she joins Derek in studio today to chat about the importance of financial planning, and the ICA Mother & Daughter Personal Finance Tour!
The dates for the tour are:
May 23: Dungarvan Federation: 8pm, The Park Hotel, Dungarvan
May 29: Longford Federation: 7.30pm, Longford Rugby Club
May 25: Portlaoise – Jill Kerby to address National Conference
June 13: Dublin, Blackrock Guild, 8pm
Oct 3: Wexford Federation, FerryCarrig Hotel, 8pm
Oct 14: Mayo Federation, Welcome Inn, Castlebar, 8pm
Oct 24 – Monaghan, 8pm, Welcome Inn, Castlebar
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney