Mooney Friday 25 October 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!

Sparrowhawk Attack

One of our listeners Clare Roebuck emailed into with an interesting picture of a Sparrowhawk. Clare spotted the Sparrowhawk in her front garden yesterday (Thursday). The initial attack on the pigeon began around 11am and the Sparrowhawk returned around 4pm to finish his snack. Clare & her son were very keen to send the picture into us, and thank you Clare & Eoin. Super picture, we love this stuff in the office.

Watch out for Ash Dieback

The department of Agriculture, food & the marine have issued a new flyer on Ash Dieback and how you can spot it. Click here for the document that Derek & the panel mentioned earlier today.


Mooney Goes Wild

They might get bad press, but Ireland's native species of bat are not only protected, they add huge value to the economy. Find out why you should actually love these fabulous flying mammals.

The ASH is the tree of choice for Ireland's hurley makers, but warning flags are up, as ASH dieback disease is found in native Irish trees.

We explore the phenomenon of nature deficit disorder, our continued removal from nature, wildlife and the wider environment.


Day out in Donegal

Photographer Ronan Harding Downes was out with Katriona this week in Donegal have a look at his pictures he took.   



Mooney Tunes

On 16th of December Mooney Tunes will take place once again in the Bord Gais Energy Theathre - tickets will go on sale on the 4th of November, stayed tuned to The Mooney Show for more information.

How many do you know?

Terry went out to see how many people could identify native Irish animals, have a look at the pictures below and see how you do?





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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