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