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Derek Mooney and his expert panel discuss the big issues facing wildlife and answer listeners' questions about the natural world.
On today's show Derek talks about tame robins, Terry Flanagan on the midge, Dr Easkey Britton on cleaning our oceans and Niall McAuley joins Derek in studio to talk about 'no mow' lawns.
A Very Tame Robin
Niall Hatch took this photo of a very tame Robin at BirdWatch Ireland's East Coast Nature Reserve in Co. Wicklow. It was taken with his phone without any zoom at all: Niall was able to hold the phone just an inch or two from the bird.
Sequoia trees along the Dodder Greenway Dartry - Photo Derek Mooney
Today, Terry Flanagan is back on the River Dodder discussing the behaviour of midges or gnats as they swarm just above the surface. And also, why are insects considered to be the most successful animals on Earth. Clue: For every single human on Earth, there are approx. 1.4 BILLION insects!
Save Our Oceans to Protect Our Health
Dr Easkey Britton is a member of the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway.
The case to clean our oceans continues to gather pace and momentum since the BBC's Blue Planet II TV series.
Dr. Easkey Britton, is co-author of the paper. She is also a world renowned surfer, marine social scientist and author of the recently published '50 Things to do by the Sea' and soon to be published 'Saltwater in the Blood', which explore the importance of our human relationship with the sea, especially for our health and wellbeing.
She is currently based outside Westport, from where she joined Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins and Niall Hatch.
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The No Mow Lawn
Niall McAuley joins Derek in studio to talk about his 'no mow lawn' at his home in county Meath.
Niall has a YouTube channel Niall Gardens