DCU, the Healthy Living Centre has set up a new clinic called
Neurofeedback. It is primarily for those suffering from ADHD and it is
run by a neuroscientist, Dr Michael Keane, who specialises in linking
brain function to behaviour. It's the only clinic of its kind in Ireland and the results have been very positive so far. Katriona & Derek went along to see what help can be provided.
http://www.hlc.dcu.ie/ - 01 700 7171
(Katriona pictured above)
Well, they say money can buy you anything. It bought Richard Attenborough his dream of Jurassic Park, anyway but if you don't have the billions required to put together your own dinosaur theme park, we might have an alternative for you! How about just buying an original set of dinosaur bones?
A genuine set of fossilised bones, about 150 million years old. They are fully verified, and together make up skeleton of a massive, 17-metre Diplodocus longus, one of the most iconic dinosaurs ever to walk the earth. The bones will go on sale on Wednesday, November 27, as part of a larger "Evolution Sale", in Billingshurst, West Sussex, in England. The curator of the sale is Errol Fuller and spoke to Derek about the sale.
Katriona Mc Fadden joins Derek for the Mooney's Moveable quiz. Our three contestants were Jackie Costello, Ronan Chevalier & Donal Murphy and our winner was Donal Murphy.
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