In response to a surge of e-mails and text messages, we are talking ivy on Mooney Goes Wild today. Is it good or bad for trees? Does it strangle or promote biodiversity? Does it cause trees to be blown down? And continuing the theme... Ireland's nomination for the European Tree of the Year has actually been blown over by high winds! But all is not lost, says its groundskeeper... And Eanna ni Lamhna goes looking for red squirrels at Fermoy Golf Club!
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Last Friday on Mooney Goes Wild, we got into a brief discussion at the end of the show about ivy. Essentially, we were debating whether or not ivy should be classified as a dangerous, invasive species, whether or not it is good or bad for biodiversity in Ireland, and whether or not it causes trees to be blown down more easily in high winds!
Well, every now and again, we touch on something that sparks off a flurry of e-mails and text messages, and last Friday was definitely one of those occasions!
You contacted the show in your droves! By text, by e-mail, by phone. Many of you asked that we give this issue a little more time, a little more in-depth discussion. So, never ones to ignore the wishes of our listeners, we are doing just that.
In studio in Dublin today, we are joined by leading arboricultualist, Joe Mc Conville, an expert on trees, whilst in our Cork studio, we are joined once again by Paul Whelan, who is a lichenologist, and who took our call at the end of last week’s show.
And, needless to say, our own panel of Richard Collins and Eanna ni Lamhna will have a thing or two to say as well.
Ivy strangulation marks on a tree
Ivy beginning to grow up an ash tree with rare lichens on it
A tree free of lichens showing an abundance of lichens
Joe is co-author of a book called Amenity Trees And Woodlands: A Guide To Their Management In Ireland. It's published by the Tree Council Of Ireland, the Arboricultural Association and the Society of Irish Foresters, and the ISBN is 0-9519147-2-3. The RRP is €20. For more information about Joe, visit his website: www.joemcconville.com.
Lichens Of Ireland, by Paul Whelan
It’s that time of year again, time to vote for The European Tree of the Year. The title does not necessarily go to the oldest, tallest, biggest, rarest or most beautiful tree, but instead goes to a loved tree with a story that can bring a community together.
Ireland’s entry this year is the Giant Grey Poplar Tree at Birr Castle Demesne, and voting continues until the end of the month (to vote, visit www.treeoftheyear.org).
But word has reached us here on the programme that our tree has suffered badly due to the recent storms. With that in mind, we dispatched Terry Flanagan off to Co. Offaly to investigate; there he met Tom Roche, founder of the Just Forests organisation...
The grey Poplar tree standing, before the storms last week
Tom Roche of Just Forests, standing beside the fallen tree this week
We received an e-mail into the programme telling us about red squirrels in Fermoy Golf Club. Now as you know, the grey squirrel has been encroaching on the territory of this native species. But there they are, about 20 of them, down in Fermoy, taking peanuts from feeder boxes located at various locations throughout the course…
So when we were in Cork recently, we sent Eanna ni Lamhna went to investigate! She spoke to Denis Twomey, the Secretary Manager of Fermoy Golf Club. To see the red squirrels you can visit www.fermoygolfclub.ie. In the picture below with Eanna and Michele is Denis Twomey, Secretary Manager of Fermoy Golf Club.
Fermoy Men's Shed
Eanna also went to visit Pat Mahon, of the Men's Shed in Fermoy. If you think you might have a premises in Fermoy for the Men’s Shed, or if you would like to get involved, telephone David Gahon on 086 033-7680.
Here on Mooney, we are trawling the country for talented children who are confident performers – to find Ireland’s next child star. The competition is open to boys AND girls – as long as you're 10 years old or under. To enter all you have to do is record a piece that's no more than three minutes long, tell us where you're from and how old you are - and entries must come in to us via parents or guardians.
You can record it on your iPhone, smart phone, computer, or in a studio – whichever is available to you.
Then e-mail your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org, putting "SEARCH FOR A CHILD STAR" in the subject field.
Remember, the competition is open to children 10 years old or under. Tell us where you're from and give us a phone number so that we can get in touch with you! Make sure you have the consent of your parent or guardian.
Join Mooney in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday, May 10th 2014. The party takes place in the Circle Club.
If you want to be there, all you have to do is tell us in not more than forty words why you and a friend or friends LOVE the Eurovision. All entrants/attendees must be over 18. If you are lucky enough to receive a golden invitation to our EUROVISION GREEN ROOM you will get to see all the action as it happens live from Copenhagen.
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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