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    Mooney Goes Wild Friday 28 June 2013

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    Today on Mooney....

    We discover one man's remarkable approach to explaining swarm behaviour in the animal kingdom. From locusts, to wildebeests, to flocks of birds, and even humans!

    Philip McCabe has returned from Munster, in Germany, where Europe's most promising teenage beekeepers have just converged.

    And, Katriona McFadden discovers Ireland's budding David Attenboroughs: primary schoolchildren making their own wildlife documentaries!

    Love Locks Listeners Pic's

    Listener John Quinn sent us in of the bridge near Notre Dame Cathedral Paris.

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    Swarms

    Professor Iain Couzin explains swarming behaviour in the animal kingdom. From locusts, to wildebeests, to flocks of birds, and even humans!

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    Batman Theme Tune Performed By Actaul Bats.

    You all know the theme to the 1960s iconic Batman series written by Neal Hefti and performed by Nelson Riddle Orchestra. It's now been interpreted by arranger Ulrich Seidel using the sound of actul bats and you can here it now. Click the listen link to hear it!

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    Nest Watch 2013 Kestrals

    John Lusby from Bird Watch Ireland gives an update on the Kestrals from a farm in Kildare.

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    School Making Wildlife Documentaries

    In the last couple of hours 1000s of primary school children have waved bye bye to their schoolroom for the summer, but before one school finished they took the trouble to write to us telling us about the wildlife projects they have been studying this year and sending us two DVDs which turned out to be wild life documentaries. Intrigued by this Katriona Mc Fadden went off to meet them... 

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    Bees

    Philip McCabe Public relations Office with the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations and President of the European Commission for Apimondia and young Bee-Keeper and student at Banagher Secondary School in Offaly answer the listeners bee questions.

    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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    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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