Mooney Goes Wild

    Sunday, 10am-11am, RTÉ Radio 1


    From Sunday, July 26th, for five weeks, Mooney Goes Wild will be broadcast live between 10am and 11am. A new five-part series, Mooney Goes Wild - Habitats, will be broadcast on Sunday nights from 10pm-11pm.

    Mooney Goes Wild is repeated on Friday (RTÉ Radio 1, 4am-5am), and Saturday (RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, 10am-11am)

    Mooney Goes Wild - Habitats is repeated on Thursday (RTÉ Radio 1, 10pm-11pm), 


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    Mooney Goes Wild, Sunday August 2nd 2015


    Mooney Goes Wild

    Derek Mooney and guests explore the natural world in all its forms.

    On Mooney Goes Wild this morning...

    Derek is joined by regular panellists Richard Collins and Eanna ni Lamhna, along with our resident marine biologist, to chat about why the Loch Ness monster may really just be a wels catfish.  Eanna reports on a family of badgers moving home, Derek and Niall Hatch visit North County Dublin to find out about gulls and rubbish bins, and Terry Flanagan responds to one very special Answering Machine Mission, when he is called on to investigate a dormouse sighting!

    Outcry Over Lion Deaths In Zimbabwe

    In the last week or so, it emerged that the popular Africa lion Cecil, who was being studied by Oxford University, had been shot and killed after Walter Palmer, an American recreational big-game hunter and dentist, had wounded him with an arrow.  Overnight came conflicting reports that Cecil's brother, Jericho, may or may not also have been killed by poachers. Derek chats it over with Richard Collins, Eanna ni Lamhna and Ken Whelan...

    Mystery Of Loch Ness Monster Solved?

    If someone was to mention Scotland to you, what would you think of?  Haggis, highland flings and Nessie would probably come pretty close to the top of the list.  First written about in the 7th century, when the Irish saint Columba was said to have had a personal encounter with Nessie, there’s been a sizeable tourist industry built around Scotland’s legendary Loch Ness monster since 1933, when the famous Surgeon’s Photo was published, purporting to show the long neck of Nessie emerging from the water.

    The iconic Surgeon's Photograph image

    That photo was since proved to be a fake.  But what of the so-called monster?

    Steve in his converted library van on the shores of Loch Ness

    One man who knows more about the Loch Ness monster than most is Steve Feltham.  In 1991, he left his job, his home and his girlfriend to move to into a van on the side of the lake to look for the Loch Ness monster.  Now, 25 years later, he believes that the monster *may* possibly be a wels catfish, a massive fish that can grow to four metres in length – but he’s not moving anywhere just yet…

    A wels catfish

    Steve joins us on the line now from Loch Ness, to tell us why he thinks it may be a wels catfish, and Ken Whelan explains a bit more about this behemoth of creature - and the risks it can pose to other aqautic creatures... To learn more about Steve, and his passion for searching for what may lie beneath Loch Ness, visit

    A wels catfish

    Badgers On The Move

    A family of badgers living under a Dublin home have outstayed their welcome – and the Irish Wildlife Trust is helping them to move onto pastures new in the Phoenix Park.  Eanna ni Lamhna met Billy Flynn from the Irish WildlifeTrust on the day of the big move...

    Answering Machine Mission

    This week, Terry Flanagan responds to the Answering Machine Mission call of Lindi Dingle from Kildare, who spotted a very rare little creature... the dormouse!  If you have a wildlife problem, and you would like Terry to come and visit you, then e-mail!

    MGW Habitats - Programme 2/5

    A new five-part series, Mooney Goes Wild - Habitats, continues tonight on RTÉ Radio 1. Over the next few weeks, biologist Terry Flanagan, ornithologist Eric Dempsey and botanist Matthew Jebb take listeners on a wondrous journey into the habitats of some our native and exotic plant and animal species.  On this evening's programme, Terry Flanagan explores the bog habitat with Nuala Madigan, Eric Dempsey finds out about the breeding sucess of the Red Kites in Wicklow from Mark Ruddock, and Sinéad Renshaw visits the National Botanic Gardens, to learn from its Director Matthew Jebb about why some Alpine plants have made their homes in the Burren, alongside flora from the Arctic and the Mediterranean...

    Red Kite

    Mooney Goes Wild - Habitats will be broadcast on Sunday nights from 10pm-11pm.  The programme will be repeated on Thursdays (RTÉ Radio 1, 10pm-11pm). For more information about the series, click here.


    Gulls Follow Up

    During the week, listener Nick sent us a postcard about gulls nesting between chimneys in a neighbourhood, enraging the locals who can’t persuade the homeowners to take action.  And he wondered: can anything be done about it?  Derek went to the North Dublin coast with Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland to find out...

    Bird scarers on roof

    Bird scarers on roof

    Gull on roof of car

    Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland

    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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    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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