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    Mooney, Friday April 25th 2014

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    Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

    On Mooney Goes Wild today...

    New research suggests birds use complex cognitive processes to decide what materials are best to build their nests. Derek and Richard follow up on the most photographed cows in Ireland, the Highland cattle in North County Dublin, one of which has just given birth to a pure white calf. And Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden revisits a stretch of land in County Mayo that's been dubbed the "edible landscape".

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    Malahide's Highland Cattle: An Update

    Five adult Highland cattle have lived at Robswall in Malahide, Co. Dublin, for the last few months. These fearsome-looking shaggy long-horned beasts have become very popular with local people. Children are feeding them carrots, and the animals have now become tame. They are the most photographed cattle in Ireland!

    Dr. Richard Collins with Peter Jones

    The cattle are owned by father and son Peter and Paul Jones, and the field where the cattle are located is the property of Fingal County Council.

    They are part of an experiment to see if cattle can reduce the grass cover in a field to such an extent that it suits brent geese, which like short swards.

    Two of the cows gave birth recently; one of the calves is almost white, although it is not in fact an albino. This week Mooney Goes Wild was present to see the herd, now of seven animals, loaded onto a trailer for transport back to Wicklow. They will be away undergoing veterinary health checks after which they will return to Malahide. A bull will join them in due course. So we can expect more calves to join them!

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    Swift Nestbox Project At UCC

    This is the time of year when birds occupy much of our time on this programme. We have boxes strategically placed in locations throughout the country – and we’re watching closely as birds begin to nest and hopefully start laying their eggs.

    Any day now we can expect to see Swifts beginning to arrive from Africa, and in UCC they’re running a project to attract these birds to nest in boxes they have attached to university buildings.

    Swift Nest Monitor

    Research has shown that a critical factor in getting Swifts to nest is the use of recorded birdsong. This mimics colonies of nesting birds which captures their interest and attracts them down to have a look and then – with a bit of luck – to nest.

    Swift Nest Boxes

    Jim Wilson went out to find out more from Professor John O'Halloran who is Head of Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork...

    Professor John O'Halloran

    John O'Halloran's Swift Blog 

    Inspired by some photos taken by Derek Mooney in Azerbaijan of Swift nest boxes and the conservation status of this poorly known bird, we decided to erect nest boxes with webcams at The School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork (www.ucc.ie/en/bees).

    Swift Building in Baku, Azerbaijan

    The Common Swift Apus apus (or Swift) is a medium sized bird somewhat similar to the Swallow, but much larger, a faster flier and noisier! Soon they will arrive in Ireland and spend about three months in our cities and towns, screaming across the sky. It is one of my strongest childhood memories of spring, when swifts used to arrive in our primary school yard and nested under the eaves of my old primary school. I remember, as a young child, watching and listening to them as they screamed and flew into the school yard, having travelled thousands of miles from Africa, oblivious to the cacophony of children screaming in the yard. This experience in part inspired me in my career in ornithology and zoology; the fact that these birds spend their entire lives in the air, only dropping from the sky to nest in buildings in our cities and towns since ancient Roman times. Amazing!

    These amazing birds will arrive in early May, some weeks after our Swallows and Martins and will depart early too in August, choosing to spend their short summer in Northern Europe. Their scientific Apus apus name comes from an ancient Greek word 'without feet'. These birds have legs so short they are almost invisible and never choosing to land except briefly to cling to buildings to build their nests. In fact, if they do land on the ground they are helpless and vulnerable to predation. Back in my primary school days, I recall finding a young Swift apparently having fallen from its nest (most likely premature fledging) being helpless and picking it up and making it airborne by casting it gently to the wind. Today many modern school yards are silent to the sound of the Swift as refurbished buildings have excluded them from nesting. Nest boxes can replace these lost nesting habitats.

    At University College Cork, in collaboration with RTÉ’s Derek Mooney and Mooney Goes Wild, we have set up six swift nest boxes with web cams deployed (www.ucc.ie/en/bees/outreach/nestbox). We hope to attract these iconic birds to nest in these boxes in the coming days. To help attract them to the boxes we have been playing a recording of Swift calls for 24 hours, seven days a week for the last ten days. We hope that these recordings will attract the birds to nest in the boxes and by observing them using the nest cameras we will gain a deeper understanding of their biology and gain a glimpse of secret lives of these amazing birds.

    We wait in hope!

    John O'Halloran, Professor of Zoology, University College Cork

    April 23rd 2014

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    How Do Birds Choose Nesting Materials?

    New research suggests that birds can learn to choose the best building materials for their nests.  It was previously thought that birds' choice of nest material was determined by their genes - with each type of bird having an "innate nest template".

    A zebra finch

    The research was carried out by Dr Ida Bailey and her colleagues in St Andrews University in Fife in Scotland, and Ida joins us this afternoon from St Andrews...

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    Feeding Fat To Birds

    We had an interesting e-mail into the programme recently. Sam Crawford and his wife June live close to the Kildare/Carlow border and they have a passion for feeding the birds in their garden. But it’s not just a case of throwing out some bird seed. Sam takes it very seriously and makes his own bird cake, using wild bird seed and suet.

    And therein lies Sam’s problem!

    Was he providing TOO much fat for the birds and would this high fat intake affect them badly? We sent our reporter, Terry Flanagan, off to watch Sam prepare his bird cake and to offer whatever advice he could...

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    Edible Landscapes

    About a year ago, we had a listener on Mooney called Cathriona McCarthy.  She was a contestant on Mooney's Monday Quiz and she happened to mention, in passing, that she was part of a long-term 'Edible Landscapes' project in Co Mayo.

    The aim is to develop a 30-mile stretch of greenway, running from Westport to Achill, full of plants that are edible to humans and animals alike.  Their vision is that anyone walking or cycling along the greenway could stop at any point and pick an apple or a pear or a strawberry.

    Last year, we went down to meet the volunteers as they started the project, and we promised we would return to see their progress.

    Volunteers working on the Edible Landscape project

    Well, one year on, the Edible Landscapes people are still working away on trying to plant 30 miles of food . But they've become sidetracked a bit with a fascinating mission to save their Heritage Apple Trees.

    They realised that there were many beautiful apple trees in their region that were in danger of dying out! So they decided to bring together the people of Westport, to teach them how to graft these apple trees and save them for future generations. Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden went along to one of the grafting workshops.

    For more information on the Edible Landscape project, visit www.ediblelandscape.ie.

    National Dawn Chorus Day

    National Dawn Chorus Day will take part on Sunday, May 18th 2014.  If you are part of a group who will be taking part in a Dawn Chorus event in your local area, and want to register your event with us, please send full details - name, contact number, what will be happening and where, to mooney@rte.ie, with the subject line 'Dawn Chorus 2014'. And who knows, we may contact you during our Dawn Chorus broadcast!

    Where will you be on National Dawn Chorus Day?

    Mooney Tunes 10

    Can you believe it? It's Mooney Tunes time again, and astonishingly, we are approaching our tenth concert!

    It all started in September 2009, at the National Concert Hall. The very first Mooney Tunes featured music such as Send In The ClownsThe Anvil Chorus and even the theme from Hawaii Five-O.

    Over the last nine concerts, there hasn't been any genre of music we haven't covered. We've done a lot of classical favourites, we've had arias and choruses from some of the greatest operas ever written.

    In the last concert, Mooney Tunes 9 in December last year, we did some incredible jazz, like Jack L singing My Way, and the big band orchestra performing Sing Sing Sing by Benny Goodman.

    We've had pop, traditional Irish, even country music - Daniel O'Donnell went down a treat at Mooney Tunes 7!

    All in all, over the nine concerts so far, we have brought you a total of 152 pieces of music. They were performed by some of the cream of Irish and international talent, accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

    Everybody from sopranos Cara O'Sullivan and Claudia Boyle, tenor Paul Potts, baritone John Molloy have performed.  We've had Brian Kennedy, Jerry Fish, Chloe Agnew, John Sheehan from the Dubliners.  We also did a special Eurovision tribute, with Niamh Kavanagh, Linda Martin, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan.

    Anyway, the good news is, we want to bring you another gem of a show. And, since it's our 10th concert, we've decided to a kind of "best of".

    We would like you, our listeners, to tell us your favourite moments from the last nine shows. Now, you don't have to have been to the shows to nominate a favourite moment. All of the concerts have been broadcast on RTÉ Radio One shortly after the live performances.

    And to help, here's a list of every single piece of music that we have featured! 

    LIST OF MUSIC PLAYED AT MOONEY TUNES CONCERTS

    01. Begin The Beguine
    02. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
    03. Lizst Rhapsody No. 2
    04. Beat Out That Rhythm
    05. O Mio Babino Caro
    06. Pink Panther Theme
    07. Chiqitta
    08. Pure Imagination
    09. Silent Night
    10. Che Gilida Manina
    11. Nessun Dorma
    12. My Way
    13. Under My Skin
    14. When A Child Is Born
    15. Sing Sing Sing
    16. Let It Snow
    17. Strauss
    18. Also Sprach Zarathustra
    19. Bridge Over Troubled Water
    20. E il Sol Dell Amina from Rigoletto
    21. Donizetti – Una Furtiva Lagrima
    22. Superstar
    23. Tchaikovsky-Polonaise Onegin
    24. Roll Back The Clouds
    25. She's Out Of My Life
    26. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
    27. Bond Theme
    28. Moonraker / Diamonds Are Forever
    29. Minuet & Badiniere from Orchestral Suite No. 2
    30. Edelweiss
    31. My Heart Will Go On
    32. Lonesome Boatman
    33. O Holy Night
    34. Mediation from Thais
    35. That's Amore
    36. In Paradisum
    37. Gabriel's Oboe
    38. The Way We Were
    39. Last Christmas
    40. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
    41. As Long As He Needs Me
    42. Soul Bossa Nova
    43. Marriage Of Figaro: Duettino Sul Aria
    44. One Day Like This
    45. Jerusalem
    46. Swan Lake: Introduction
    47. Send In The Clowns
    48. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
    49. My Heart Will Go On
    50. Les Mis: Bring Him Home
    51. Carmen: Intermezzo
    52. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
    53. South Pacific - Some Enchanted Evening
    54. Verdi - La Traviata - Siempre Libre
    55. Have I Told You Lately
    56. Time To Say Goodbye
    57. True Friends
    58. Hello Dolly
    59. Daydream Believer
    60. Requiem - Pie Jesu
    61. Someone To Watch Over Me
    62. The Sound Of Music: Climb Every Mountain
    63. The Producers
    64. Nessun Dorma
    65. Star Of Bethlehem
    66. Nowhere Man
    67. Marino Waltz
    68. The Christmas Song
    69. Hope from 'Irish Destiny'
    70. In Your Eyes
    71. Why Me?
    72. Rock 'n' Roll Kids
    73. O Holy Night
    74. Dances With Wolves
    75. Wind Beneath My Wings
    76. Old Man River
    77. Fields of Athenry
    78. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
    79. O Mio Babbino Caro
    80. Suite from The Quiet Man
    81. Over The Rainbow
    82. Libertango
    83. Adagio from Spartacus
    84. The Bridge (An Droichead)
    85. Theme from JFK/West Wing
    86. Memory from Cats
    87. Un Bel Di
    88. Ave Maria
    89. Elizabethan Serenade
    90. Born Free
    91. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (You're Just Too Good To Be True)
    92. As Long As He Needs Me
    93. Por Una Cabeza
    94. Troika
    95. When A Child Is Born
    96. I'll Be Home For Christmas
    97. Baby, It's Cold Outside
    98. Trepak from The Nutcracker Suite
    99. Once Upon A Time In The West
    100. Vilia from The Merry Widow
    101. Jingle Bells Forever
    102. Va Pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
    103. Song Of Bernadette
    104. Harry's Wonderous World
    105. Lament
    106. You Raise Me Up
    107. Silent Night 1915
    108. Do Re Me
    109. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    110. O Holy Night
    111. A Christmas Festival/ Sleigh Ride
    112. Theme From Dragnet
    113. Fiddler On The Roof
    114. Nella Fantasia
    115. Flower Duet
    116. Champagne Polka
    117. One Fine Day (from Madame Butterfly)
    118. The Coolin
    119. Hymn To Hope
    120. Everybody Hurts
    121. 80's TV Themes Medley
    122. We Have All The Time In The World
    123. 633 Squadron
    124. Star Trek
    125. Le Basque
    126. Cavatina
    127. We Shall Overcome
    128. It's For You
    129. When I Fall In Love
    130. Hallelujah
    131. Cinema Paradiso
    132. Impossibly Beautiful
    133. Danny Boy
    134. You'll Never Walk Alone
    135. Riverdance
    136. Hawaii Five-O
    137. William Tell Overture
    138. A Summer Place / Music To Watch Girls By
    139. Everybody’s Talking
    140. Sunday Miscellany theme
    141. Onedin Line / Spartacus
    142. Gabriel’s Oboe – The Mission
    143. Radetsky March
    144. Anvil Chorus
    145. Mise Eire
    146. Classical Gas
    147. If
    148. Ravel’s Bolero
    149. Barccarolle - O Sole Mio
    150. Chariots Of Fire
    151. Hallelujah Chorus
    152. Cavalleria Rusticana

    Mooney Tunes 10 will take place on Friday, June 13th at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at 8pm. Tickets will go on sale the program is finalised. We want people to nominate from the list of tunes on the website. And we may even include a couple of surprises. It will be the middle of the summer, so why not think of some of your summer favourites!? E-mail mooney@rte.ie, with the subject line 'Mooney Tunes 10'!

    Eurovision Green Room Party

    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.

    • Tickets will be allocated to couples and groups of four people.
    • All attendees must make their own way to and from the venue.
    • There is no cash alternative to this prize.
    • Closing date for receipt of entries is TODAY, April 25th 2014
    • Usual RTE terms and conditions apply.
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    The Cuckoo In Bushy Park

    We find out about all the cuckoos that have been heard across the country, and talk to listener Sean O'Neill about the cuckoo he heard in Bushy Park in Terenure in Dublin...

    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.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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    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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