Mooney/ Mooney Goes Wild

    Monday-Friday, 3 - 4.30pm

    Mooney Friday 30 May 2014

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

    On Mooney today...

    Philip McCabe on what to do if 30,000 bees land in your back garden, Why are birds’ nests causing cars to go on fire in the Orkney islands? and, we visit Birr, in County Offaly where nature-friendly residents are building safe corridors for hedgehogs to travel between gardens.

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    Sark Sky Status

    RTÉ Radio 1 producer Aonghus McAnally was recently in Sark, a small island in the Channel Islands in the southwestern English Channel off the coast of Normandy, France.

    RTÉ Radio 1 Aonghus McAnally pictured above in Sark. 

    Sue Daly captured this amazing picture of a night sky in Sark.

    If you have time, check out Sue Daly's video of a spectacular night sky.

     

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    Blue Wasps Nest

    One of our listeners, Jess Curran emailed us in this week about a small wasps nest that she found in her garden shed. It is about the size of a plum or a golf ball, the interesting part of is that the nest is blue in colour.

    So we sent our own bee expert Philip Mc Cabe out to investigate for The Mooney Show.

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    Herringull's Nesting in Howth

    Karen Kaveh in Howth emailed us, she spotted this boat in Howth harbour. This gull has made her nest on the deck on top of the anti seagull netting ! She has laid 5 eggs.

    Large Egg Buried In A Garden

    Pat Duggan emailed us in with this picture of a large egg which he found this morning, Pat is totally perplexed as to what bird it came from or how it got there.

    It was under about 40mm of soil close to roots of the flowers we were digging out with the inner membrane still intact. The biggest bird we have seen around here are Pheasants, Sparrow Hawks or an Owl, but the egg is bigger than any eggs these birds lay.

    It measures 90mm long and 60mm wide.

    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.

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    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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