Mooney, Friday October 4th 2013


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Caring For Wild Animals

Please note that many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates etc... are protected under law and that, even with the best of intentions, only someone holding a relevant licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service should attempt the care of these animals.  For full details, please click here to read the NPWS Checklist of protected & rare species in Ireland.  If you are concerned about a wild animal, please contact your local wildlife ranger - click here for details.

Events & Listings

Click here for a full list of events taking place around the country, and movies currently on release, which might be of interest to wildlife lovers!



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Vote For The RTÉ Concert Orchestra!

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 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 - 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

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!

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...

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: It is an offence 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'. For more information, click here.

To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.


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



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