Mooney Goes Wild, Sunday March 19th 2017

Dawn Chorus 2018

This year's Dawn Chorus programme will take place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and will be broadcast from across Europe and beyond between midnight and 7am!  For more information, click here.

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Caring For Wild Animals

Please note that many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates etc... are protected under law and that, even with the best of intentions, only someone holding a relevant licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service should attempt the care of these animals.  For full details, please click here to read the NPWS Checklist of protected & rare species in Ireland.  If you are concerned about a wild animal, please contact your local wildlife ranger - click here for details.

Events & Listings

Click here for a full list of events taking place around the country, and movies currently on release, which might be of interest to wildlife lovers!

Mooney Goes Wild - Doc: The Rat 19/03/17

They say you're never more than six feet from a rat. In this new documentary, we burrow into the underground world of one of our most vilified creatures, the rat.  Naturalist Eanna ni Lamhna, is our intrepid guide ...


Dave Green, Drainage and Wastewater Services, Dublin City Council

Tom Hayden, former Professor of Zoology, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science

Dr. Steve Newton, Senior Seabird Conservation Officer, BirdWatch Ireland

Patsy Dan McGrory, King of Tory Island

Trevor Hayden, runs company called ‘Complete Pest Control’

Dr Barry O’Donoghue, Agri-Ecology Unit, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin

Niamh Geraghty, pet rat owner

Bruce Handlin, Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Alberta, Canada

Phil Merrill, Provincial Rat and Pest Specialist, Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Alberta, Canada

Rod Gabrielson, Rat Control, Municipal District of Wainwright, Alberta, Canada

Dr Loretta Mayer, CEO, Co founder and Chief Science Officer of SenesTech, Flagstaff, Arizona

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.


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



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