Mooney Goes Wild Monday 10 December 2018
Mooney Goes Wild Christmas Special
In one of our last programmes before Christmas, we normally bring you some festive good cheer along with some timely ideas for gifts inspired by wildlife and the natural world. Tonight, Derek is joined by zoologist and ornithologist Dr. Richard Collins, and Eric Dempsey of Birdwatch Ireland, to trawl through some of the best gifts for this festive season.
Dr. Richard Collins' recommendations:
Hi Vis Deluxe Map Compass sold in the Great Outdoors.
'Last Child in the Woods' by Richard Louv published by Atlantic Books
'Hidden Life of Trees' by Peter Wohlleben, published by Greystone Books
Eric Dempsey's Wishlist:
The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife by Juanita Browne with illustrations from Barry Reynolds, published by O'Brien Press
Educational Wildlife Book for Teachers
There's nothing like a good book and we'll feature quite a few on the programme - but what about an educational book, and an educational book for teachers at that?
Well Paul O'Donnell is a primary school principal in St. Patrick's National School in Slane, County Meath and he's written a unique textbook aimed primarily at teachers to help them pass on the skills that our parents and grandparents had and which are in danger of being lost.
Entitled Wild Teaching, it includes lesson plans for every month of the school calendar and is stuffed with hints, ideas and superb colour photographs. Our own Terry Flanagan payed a visit to St. Patrick's, where he caught up with Paul and the sixth class students there...
'Wild Teaching' by Paul O'Donnell is supported by Meath County Council and published by the Heritage Council Programme.
Christmas Gifts for Children
They say it’s better to give than to receive but if we’re honest it is lovely to receive a gift on Christmas morning. Particularly from someone who has put a bit of thought into it!
And of course Christmas is primarily for the kids and for the magic and wonder it brings into their lives once a year. So we dispatched our own Sinéad Renshaw to take a look at what’s on offer in terms of gifts for children from the wild and natural world.
Sinéad Renshaw's Wishlist:
Explore The Forest Jigsaw Game
Eyewitness Butterfly Casting Kit
Birdsong, 150 British and Irish birds and their amazing sounds
OWLS (Outdoor, Wildlife, Learning and Survival) is a fun outdoor children's charity dedicated to working with children and their families discover more about nature. The charity delivers a range of public park events in order to raise awareness and understanding of the natural environment.
Woodland Foraging - Christmas Decorations using natural materials
Saturday 15th December
10am–12pm Bushy Park. Meeting outside the tennis court huts.
1pm - 3pm. St.Annes Park. Meeting in the courtyard of the Red stable.
Join 'mouse' leader of the OWLS team for this winter foraging event as he strolls through the park on his quest to find interesting natural materials in order to make christmas decorations. A fun family craft-making event, where children whilst on their search get to hear stories of the parks wintering animals, then with material collected get to make their own christmas baubles and stars with a touch of gold and silver spray to take home. Fee. €3 Leader: (Mouse), OWLS. Booking required: Tel/text 087 3299936 or email email@example.com
Family outdoor craft- Make a Christmas Wreath and Deer/Unicorn Sculpture..
Saturday 15th December
10am–12pm. St.Catherines Park, Lucan Meeting in the main car park
1pm - 3pm. Turvey Park, near the village of Donabate
Come along to this creative workshop and try your hand at making you own Christmas wreath using natural materials found around the park. Finish it off with ribbon and spray with gold and silver spray, then a dash of sparkle to bring it to life, ready to take home. With the left over pieces material make a magical unicorn or deer sculpture for the mantle piece. €5 Leader: (Mouse), OWLS. Booking required. Tel/text 087 32999 36 or email Info@owls.ie
OWLS Winter Wonderland
Friday 21st December
10am–11.30am Tymon Park, Tallaght, Meeting in the main car park next to the fairy wood.
12.30 - 2.30pm. Santry Demesne, Santry Meeting in the main car park.
Come along for this fun festive adventure and take part in games and activities that will teach you about woodland animals that prepare and survive the winter, store their food, wibble wobble on a plate, build a nest or escape to warmer climates. Finish off the adventure with a feast of choclate log cakes and mince pies, washed down with some juice. A family fun walk around the park with a focus on nature awareness.. Fee. €3 Leader: (Mouse), OWLS. Booking required: Tel/text 087 3299936 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit www.owls.ie or follow OWLS on facebook. OWLS Children's Nature Club.
Choosing That Book
Dubray Book store has launched a new service, a personal shopping voucher offers an hour chatting about and choosing books with one of their knowledgeable staff.
If you're looking for the perfect gift for booklovers, could this be the one for you? well we sent our own Éanna Ní Lamhna to check it out.
The Bee Book by Emma Sarah Tennant
Field of Dreams by Bob Salisbury
The other books mentioned were 2019 Nature Month-By-Month and Animal Heroes