Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
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Our usual panel Richard Collins, Éanna ni Lamhna & Terry Flanagan join Derek for all wildlife matters on today's programme. Ken Whelan, marine biologist joins the panel for Fridays wildlife panel.
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Whale Watch Ireland 2013, Sunday 18th August
The arrival of large numbers of minke whales along Irish inshore waters seems like a good omen for this weekend’s all Island whale watch day on Sunday 18th August. Members of the public are invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group on one of 16 land-based whale watches from headlands around the Irish coast between 2:00-5:00 pm.
The purpose of whale watch day is to raise awareness of the 24 species of cetaceans (porpoises, dolphins and whales) that have been recorded around the Irish coast, by giving members of the public an opportunity to observe some of these wonderful marine mammals in their natural environment. This event also provides IWDG researchers with a unique snapshot of whale and dolphin activity around the Irish coast.
This annual, all-island event, organized by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group in association with Inis Cologne is free and open to all. All whale watches are land-based and will be led by experienced IWDG personnel, who will show you how to observe and identify some of the more commonly observed cetacean species seen in Irish waters.
You should bring binoculars or a spotting scope and dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. There are no boat trips involved, and there are of course no guarantees that you will see whales or dolphins during your particular event. Please contact your local organizer for further details (see below) or visit the IWDG website www.iwdg.ie for the latest information on whale and dolphin sightings and strandings in Irish waters.
Whale Watch Ireland, will once again be part of Heritage Week, co-ordinated by the Heritage Council www.heritagecouncil.ie
Location Meeting Point Watch Leader Contact
Howth Hd., Co. Dublin, Balscadden Car Park.
Killiney Bay, Co. Dublin, Vico Road.
Bray Hd., Co. Wicklow, Pitch & putt.
Hook Hd, Co. Wexford, Lighthouse.
Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ram Hd tower.
Galley Hd., Co. Cork, Lighthouse.
Clogher Hd. Co. Kerry, Layby.
Brandon Pt. Co. Kerry Car Park.
Loop Hd., Co. Clare, Lighthouse.
Black Hd, Co. Clare, Lighthouse.
Downpatrick Hd, Co. Mayo, Car Park.
Mullaghmore Hd, Co. Sligo, lay-by.
Malin Head, Co. Donegal, Signal Tower.
Ramore Hd, Co. Antrim, Portrush Coastal Zone.
Portmuck, Co. Antrim, Car park.
Bloody Bridge, Co. Down, Car park, David Williams 028-90455784
Golden Grey Mullet
Thick-Lipped Grey Mullet
Mullet Thin lipped
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