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    Mooney, Friday October 4th 2013

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    Vote For The RTÉ Concert Orchestra!

    Now anyone who has heard the RTÉ Concert Orchestra doesn’t need convincing as to how good they are! We’ve seen and heard them in action at our series of Mooney Tunes concerts and have they always brought the house down!

    But we were pleasantly surprised today to hear the rest of the world appears to have gotten word about our fab Orchestra!

    A poll to find the World’s Favourite Orchestra on www.bachtrack.com has the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in 7th place. Yes, the Orchestra is storming up the charts, no less – last week they were at number 26.

    So if you want to help push them a little closer to the top spot visit www.bachtrack.com - the poll closes on Monday!

    National Tree Day

    Eanna ni Lamhna mentioned that National Tree Day will take place next Thursday, October 10th 2013. For more details, see www.treeday.ie.

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    Red Grouse & Corncrakes

    Last week, a species action plan was launched last week for the Red Grouse, and a new project plans boost corncrake numbers by breeding the corncrake in captivity; Kieran Buckley, Project Manager of the Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust, and is in studio to tell us more about red grouse and corncrakes!
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    Chessington Theme Park Bans Animal Print

    In Surrey, Chessington World of Adventures' new Zufari safari has banned visitors from wearing leopard print, zebra print etc..., so as not to alarm the animals; Linda Berggren, who is a zookeeper at Zufari, joins us on the line to explain more...
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    Findings of the Irish Amphibian Chytrid Survey

    A few months ago, Rob Gandola, Senior Science Officer with The Herpetological Society of Ireland, told us about the survey they were about to start, to try and find out about Irish amphibians and the chytrid fungus - today, he's back in studio with the results!

    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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