Mooney Goes Wild Monday 16 April 2018

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

Mooney Goes Wild

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



Our panel tonight discuss cuckoos and the hidden lives of herons! 

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic Salmon

What is causing the dramatic plummet in populations of Atlantic salmon? Stocks have declined from 8 – 10 million in the 1970s... to just 3 – 4 million today. And for every 100 salmon smolts that leave our rivers for the sea, less than five return. The documentary ‘Atlantic Salmon - Lost At Sea ’ explores the reasons for the falling population. Ken Whelan talks about the documentary and the more...

Owl Wing Transplant

Owl Wing Transplant

A rare owl had both wings badly damaged in a suspected traffic accident.  It would likely only have days left to live only for the skilled expertise of a vet who took feathers from a dead bird and painstakingly matched, cut and resized these to the broken wings – before fixing them in place with fine wire and surgical glue. 

The delicate operation was carried out in the UK by the Wildlife Aid Foundation, whose CEO Simon Cowell spoke with Derek...

For more information on the work WAF do, and indeed how to donate, simply visit  

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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