We examine the amazing theory that our evolution, as humans, was determined more than anything else by the taming of fire, and the discovery of cooking!
Award-winning author, Tim Birkhead, examines the six senses in birds, and discusses his new book entitled "Bird Sense: What It's like to Be a Bird".
And, Richard Collins on why the fable of “the boy who cried wolf" is every bit as true for the animal kingdom.
Donal Glackin has sent us in these great photos of Blue Tits he took
All photos courtesy of Donal Glackin
A lifetime of bird watching has taken Tim Birkhead all over the world and given him an understanding of how Birds sense the world differently to us... how a common guillemot can identify its partner from 500 metres distance and how the great grey owl, hunting in northern tundra will use its hearing to hunt mice under the snow… he has put it all together in a book called Bird Sense: "What it's like to be a bird" and he will be joining us to tell us more…
Mankind has been cooking for thousands and thousands of years. And our ability to cook, and the ways in which we cook, have become more and more sophisticated with each passing generation..In fact, there is a strong argument to suggest that our entire physiology is
shaped by this simple ability: the ability to cook. That
argument has been brilliantly articulated in a book called "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human." Its author is Richard Wrangham, Professor of of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University and is on todays programme to tell us more....
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