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Friday, April 13th 2012

Richard Collins, Eanna ní Lamhna and Terry Flanagan join Derek to discuss, among other things, the domestication of cats, the latest oceanic survey and as nature takes it course, the very eventful week it has been on Nestwatch 2012 ...

App Article - Hedgehogs (By Eanna ni Lamhna)

Hedgehog
A hedgehog

For this week’s MOONEY APP article, Eanna Ni Lamhna writes about hedgehogs. They are coming out of hibernation just now and, ravenous with hunger, are ranging far and wide looking for food. To find out more, download the Mooney app, for iPhone and Android phones, to read the rest of Eanna ni Lamhna's' fascinating article, and much more!

Nestwatch 2012

If you were following our family of robins nesting in Derek's back garden - and over 270,000 of you were! - then you'll know that we had a bit of drama mid-week. On Wednesday lunchime, a cat managed to get to the nest and take one of the nestlings; the other four nestlings 'exploded' from the nest (ie they left fairly quickly!) Derek later observed the robin parents flying around the garden depositing food to the nestlings, so we hope that they are alive and well! Not to let an empty property go to waste, a female blue tit then came to the nestbox with a view to building her nest there. Then she appeared to abandon her plan. Now she appears to be building her nest again! Follow all the drama by clicking here... We talk to Clare Meade, cat vet and founder of The Cat Hospital in Glanmire, Co. Cork, about discouraging cats from visiting nests...

Ocean Acidification

About one third of the carbon dioxide released since the Industrial Revolution has dissolved into the oceans where it forms carbonic acid. And yet we hear very little about the effects of ocean acidification on the ocean’s inhabitants.

RSS James Cook
RSS James Cook

The Royal Research Ship - RRS James Cook – will set sail from Glasgow on a Changing Oceans expedition next month and Marine Biologist Rowan Byrne will be on board taking part in the research... Rowan Byrne joins Derek, Richard and Eanna to explain more about ocean acidification... Visit Rowan's website by visiting www.marinecreatures.com.

Coral is affected by ocean acidification
Coral is affected by ocean acidification

National Botanic Gardens Introduce Bees Tomorrow

If you’re in Dublin tomorrow you might like to pop along to an unusual and exciting little event – the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin will introduce a hive of honeybees to the Gardens for the first time and there is a whole day’s worth of beekeeping events and information for the public. To tell us more Philip McCabe, our regular bee expert, is on the line who - of course to give him his formal title - is the President of the European Commission for Apiculture… For more information, please visit www.irishbeekeeping.ie.

Today's Podcasts

Mooney App: Hedgehogs!
Nestwatch 2012
Ocean Acidification
National Botanic Gardens Introduce Bees Tomorrow

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