Nest watch 2013 continues with the amazing kestrel... And John Lusby, from Birdwatch Ireland, has all the details.
We talk to the Irish doctor who flies off to war-torn Syria tomorrow, as part of an emergency mission with Medicins Sans Frontiers
Vet Andrew Byrne will also be on hand to field some pet queries from listeners and, Brenda meets Peter Byrne, Ireland's most romantic, and poetic, husband!
The blue tits fledged on Monday and the Swallow left this morning but fear not nestwatch 2013 continues with Kestrels in Kildare. John Lusby, from Birdwatch Ireland, has all the details.
It's the last place on earth you would want to be: an intense war zone in a seemingly intractable conflict. And yet, for the civilians on the ground, the need for independent medical aid is all the more acute.
With that in mind, Medicins Sans Frontiers, or "Doctors without Borders", continues to recruit doctors from all over the world: men and women who are deeply committed and brave enough to enter these conflict zones.
One of those doctors is with me now. He's a Longford man, a young paediatrician, and he's preparing to take off for Syria tomorrow as part of an emergency medical team.
Declan Barry tells Derek more.
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Brenda went to Rush County Dublin to meet Irelands most husband Peter Byrne and his wife Marie. He has written Marie over 120 love poems and keeps going...
We have heard about China’s ‘one child policy’, but did you know that if you live in Beijing or Shanghai you will also be subject to a one dog policy?
And not only one dog, but they can’t grow to over 14 inches tall, which means no Rottweilers, St. Bernard’s or Great Danes!
Controlling canine populations is a concern for authorities worldwide, for many reasons, perhaps those of human health and animal welfare being at the forefront…
Vet Andrew Byrne tells 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