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.
And for more information about Paul, visit www.lichens.ie. Paul is author of a book called Lichens Of Ireland, published in 2011 by Collins Press. The ISBN is 9781848891371 and the RRP is €19.99.
Lichens Of Ireland, by Paul Whelan