We hear about the campaign to save the seahorse, which it's estimated will be extinct in 8517 days from today, and find out how overhead electricity cables affect migrating animals...
On Wednesday, Richard Collins went along to the opening night of the play War Horse, in Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. It's a production that has been winning universal rave reviews, but what would our Richard make of it? He joins us in studio to give us his reaction to the performance he saw...
War Horse continues at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre until April 26th, with tickets costing from €20 to €60. For more information, click here...
Visitors from New Zealand will have heard of the Selwyn River which flows through the Selwyn District of Canterbury in the South Island. It's a huge river, 80km long. But according to our marine biologist Ken Whelan, it's gone! It's an ex-river!
Ken was there for five weeks, from mid-January to late-February. New Zealand is getting into dairy farming in a big way because there is such a big demand for milk powder from the Chinese.
Dairy farming extracts huge amounts of water and this has caused a lot of controversy among farmers, environmentalists, politicians and tourist organisations. Ken joins us in studio today with more...
Irrigration Units in New Zealand
Irrigration Units in New Zealand
According to the marine biologist Kealan Doyle, seahorses could be extinct in 8517 days from today! Last year his documentary Save Our Seahorses enthalled audiences on RTÉ. Did you know that the seahorse is the only animal in the world where the male gives birth, and they can give birth to 4,000 babies at a time?! Pregnancy lasts for two weeks and labour for two hours. And did you also know that the male dances around the female every single morning? They are most fascinating fish, and we're delighted that Kealan joins us in studio this afternoon to tell us more about the seahorse - and what we can do to prevent their extinction...
Ultraviolet light gives us suntans, sunburn, it helps us make Vitamin D – but we humans can’t see it. It’s invisible to us. But NOT to many animals. Their eyes CAN see UV light and, as a result, they see the world very differently to us. Reindeer's eyes are particularly UV-sensitive. It’s estimated that a high-tech camera can only pick up 5 percent of the UV light that a reindeer's eye can!
But why is this important?
Well, there are all sorts of sources of UV Light. One of them is from overhead power cables. And it turns out that reindeer, and other animals, are being scared off by the UV flashes that emit from these power cables - flashes that we humans can’t see. And it’s affecting habitats and migration.
Glen Jeffrey has been doing research into this. He is a Professor of Neuroscience at University College London – he specialises in how animals see the world - and he joins us this afternoon from the BBC London studios...
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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