Wildlife cameraman Doug Allan tells us about his encounters with polar bears and other dangerous animals, as he captured some of television’s most spectacular natural history scenes. We find out about beekeeping for beginners, and we’ll hear about some of the worst crimes committed against animals in this country...
Most of you reading this are most probably BIG FANS of David Attenborough’s wildlife documentaries. He has revealed some of the wonders of the natural world to us through our television screens.
But behind the great man, there is a team of directors, producers, cameramen and sound recordists all patiently waiting, in all sorts of weather conditions, to 'get the shot.
Some might think it is utter madness to watch a polar bear for an entire week, staying awake through the night, waiting for that one single shot where she shows affection to her cub – but that was one of Doug Allan’s most recent accomplishments.
One of a long list.
Doug is a freelance wildlife cameraman from Scotland. He’s the man behind some of the most extraordinary scenes you have ever seen in nature programming – and he is joins Derek in studio today...
Doug will start a 'talking tour', called Life Behind The Lens, in Ennis next Thursday. It will be a two-hour show with an interval. He uses photos and video clips, and talks about the Arctic and the Antarctic. There will be a Q&A at the end and a book signing. It will tour throughout Ireland and the UK (full details are available by visiting www.dougallan.com), and the Irish dates are as follows:
Sept. 19th: Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare, 7.30pm, €15 (065 684 3103)
Sept. 20th: Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, 8.30pm, €15 (074 913-1840)
Sept. 21st: Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, 7.30pm £12.50 (048 7138 4444)
Sept. 25th: St Michael’s Theatre, New Ross, Co. Wexford, 8pm, €15 (051 421 255)
Sept. 28th: An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, 7.00pm, €15 [€12.50 concession] (074 912-0777)
Sept. 29th: Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 7.30pm, £12.50 (048 9038 1081)
Sept. 30th: Station House Theatre, Clifden, Co. Galway, 7.30pm, €15 (095 30303)
Oct. 1st: Axis, Ballymun, Dublin, 7.30pm, from €12/€15 (01 883-2100)
Oct. 2nd: Theatre Royal, Waterford, 7.30pm, €15 (051 874 402)
Oct. 3rd: Triskel Arts Centre, Christchurch, Cork, 7.30pm, €15 (021 427 2022)
Oct. 4th: The George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow, 8.00pm, €15 (059 917-2400)
In studio: Eanna ni Lamhna, Siobhan Madigan, Richard Collins and Doug Allan
In studio: Richard Collins, Doug Allan, Eanna ni Lamhna & Derek Mooney
Listeners to Mooney Goes Wild will be the very people most upset by the reports we do from time to time about harm inflicted by people on animals. Too often we have heard about hen harriers and white tailed eagles found poisoned, or of seals being shot by fishermen and the horrible story of their heads been nailed to stakes, or of dogs bred for hunting badgers.
So you will be very glad to hear that this weekend, Ireland's first all-island Wildlife Crime Conference is taking place in County Meath. And to tell us more, we are joined today from RTÉ's Belfast studios by Dr. Clyde Hutchinson, Chairperson of Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland...
The website that Clyde set up telling people what to do if they find a wildlife casualty is www.irishwildlifematters.ie. It gives useful and easy to follow information and instruction to members of the public who find a wildlife casualty
The Irish Wildlife Crime Conference is taking place on September 14th and 15th - but IT IS BOOKED TO CAPACITY!! No vacancies!!
Details of the conference programme and speakers can be found at www.wri.ie/conference.
As Albert Einstein said "If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live". It's a fight for survival for bees as worldwide populations are plummeting. But there is a fight back on and Philip Mc Cabe, who is President of The European Commission for Apiculture (which is the art of beekeeping) is here to explain what is the action plan for saving our native bee - and why we should be worried...
For more information, visit www.irishbeekeeping.ie.
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
Presenter: Derek Mooney