On today's programme we'll be looking in on our kestrels who are about to make their bid for freedom. Is there life beyond earth or is it all pie in the sky? - We’ll be asking Cambridge University astronomer Dr Robin Catchpole is there anybody out there? And Brenda looks into summer jobs, a right of passage or a right pain.
Shay Byrne (pictured above) presenting Mooney this week.
With such good weather over the past weekend and with some parts of the country hitting 29 degrees, but we ask some particularly teenagers are slogging it out with their first summer jobs. Brenda was on the streets of Dublin speaking to people who have been through summer jobs, and Daragh Doyle, Community Manager with worldirish.com drops into studio to discuss it more with Shay.
The question has been asked if life exsists in space, in some shape or form - are we alone? Dr Robin Catchpole & Leo Enright join Shay in studio for this discussion.
Dr Robin Catchpole is given a lecture tonight in Dublin
The lecture will take place in Trinity College Dublin on July 8th, at 8pm.
For tickets and DVDs of the lecture, please visit www.astronomy.ie or call (01) 890 11 11. A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door.
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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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