Mooney, Friday December 6th 2013

Dawn Chorus 2018

This year's Dawn Chorus programme will take place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and will be broadcast from across Europe and beyond between midnight and 7am!  For more information, click here.

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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.

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On Mooney Goes Wild today...

On Mooney Goes Wild today...

Find out how you can help Birdwatch Ireland in their annual Garden Bird Survey, tracking the health and well-being of our best loved native birds. We speak to the Kerry woman who has spent six months following Orangutans in the tropical peat swamps of Borneo. And reporter Terry Flanagan gets to the bottom of why rooks and other birds are swallowing and regurgitating small stones!

BirdWatch Ireland Survey

BirdWatch Ireland Survey

***TO FIND OUT HOW TO CARE FOR AND ATTRACT GARDEN BIRDS, CLICK HERE***

The results of last winter's Garden Bird Survey have just been published and Niall Hatch, Development Officer with Birdwatch Ireland is in studio now with the results!

The Garden Bird Survey for Winter 2014 begins this week, and if you would like to take part in the survey, you can find full details by visiting www.birdwatchireland.ie. To take part in the survey by submitting your results online, click here, or to download the survey form to print out and send back, click here.

We’ve spoken on air in the past about the Bird Atlas project, and the massive book that is the culmination of all those years of hard work has finally just been published. It’s a truly landmark publication and will form the basis for bird conservation policy and legislation both in Ireland and in Britain for the next 20 years. It runs to 720 pages, weighs 3.9kg and gives details of the distribution, abundance and population changes for all the birds that occur here.

You can find more information about the book itself at http://shop.birdwatchireland.ie/birdwatchireland/product_info.php?cPath=80&products_id=929.

Orangutans Of Borneo

Orangutans Of Borneo

The mysterious red ape, the Orangutan, has much in common with another Great Ape - Man. The Orangutan is said to be a very 'wise' animal. The island of Borneo is one of the last outposts for the Orangutan – and Kerrywoman Marina Mulligan has just returned from there.

She is a Zoology graduate from University College Cork and, for the last six months, she has worked in Borneo as an 'Orangutan Intern'! She joins us today from the Radio Kerry studios in Tralee...

For more information about the Outcrop project, visit www.outrop.com.

The Rook That Eats Stones

This week, Terry Flanagan went to meet a listener in Co. Meath who has crows coming to her garden every year (October - November) and EATING the stones on her driveway. She wanted to know why birds do this...

The stone-eating rook

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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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