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There are plenty more nature events taking place all around the country, organised by a variety of different groups.  If you have an event that you'd like to let our listeners know about, please get in contact - e-mail mooney@rte.ie!  And from March Of The Penguins to Finding Dory, many classic movies feature wildlife and animals; below are just some such movies on release or coming soon...

EVENTS

Saturday, August 18th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Children's outing (with accompanying adults) to Donadea Forest Park as part of Heritage Week. Meet at coffee shop in the park at 10.00am. (€5 Coillte entrance fee to park).

Sunday, August 19th 2018: CARLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - Wildlife walk under Mount Leinster (a National Heritage Week event). Details can be found on the Heritage Week website.

Monday, August 20th 2018: CARLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - Heritage Week walk and talk at Dún an Rí Forest Park, led by Michael Bell.  Come along and learn about BirdWatch Ireland's Late Nesting Bird Survey.  Meet in the park's car park near Kingscourt, Co. Cavan at 7.00pm.  Please note that the event is free but that there is parking fee of €5 per car at the site.  For more details please see https://twitter.com/LearnNature/status/1029473843184844801

Tuesday, August 21st 2018: DUBLIN - SOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - Evening visit to tern roost, to watch thousands of Common and Arctic Terns gather on Sandymount Strand. Meet at Merrion Gates at 7.30pm. Parking available on Strand Road a short walk away.

Tuesday, August 21st 2018: LAOIS

BirdWatch Ireland - Heritage Week event: Alex Copland will lead an evening walk to see the Dipper in its natural environment. Meet at Castletown Bridge on the River Nore at 7.30pm.

Wednesday, August 22nd 2018: TIPPERARY

BirdWatch Ireland - Get to Know your Birds, with Aine Lynch at Cabragh Wetlands, Thurles, 10.00am to 12.00 noon. A Heritage Week event.

Saturday, August 25th 2018: CLARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Seawatching at Loop Head to see skuas, petrels, shearwaters, etc. This is a top spot for seabirds when conditions are suitable. Meet at the Bridges of Ross car park at 9.00am. Leaders: John N Murphy, Finbar MacGabhann.

Saturday, August 25th 2018: WEST CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - Family event in Rosscarbery for National Heritage Week.  Meet at Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, at 2.30pm.  Find out more about the birds that use the estuary.  There will be a childrens' competition, and scope to view birds in the estuary.  Leader: Nicholas Mitchell.

Saturday, September 1st 2018: GALWAY

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing at Nimmo’s Pier, Galway, with Tom Cuffe. Meet at base of pier, 10.30am. Would suit both beginners and more experienced birdwatchers.

Sunday, September 2nd 2018: WEST CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - Sea-watching at Old Head of Kinsale and a search for autumn migrants. Meet at car park before entrance to Old Head Golf Club at 8.45am. Places limited, booking essential with Nicholas Mitchell. Leader: Paul Connaughton.

Monday, September 3rd 2018: LOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - Terns of Ireland, by Breffni Martin. The Spirit Store, Dundalk, 8.00pm.

Tuesday, September 4th 2018: DUBLIN - SOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - Birding tips and bird calls and songs for beginners and improvers, by Branch Committee members. Graduate Bar, Rochestown Ave, 8.00pm.

Thursday, September 6th 2018: MEATH

BirdWatch Ireland - Save Our Swifts – working with the local community to protect Swifts, by Terence Cassidy (Meath Branch). Trim Library, 7.00pm.

Saturday, September 8th 2018: WESTMEATH

BirdWatch Ireland - Nature walk on Royal Canal with Baltrasna Boreen Biodiversity Group.Meet at Baltrasna Bridge, Marlinstown, Mullingar, at 10.00am.

Sunday, September 9th 2018: DUBLIN - SOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Kilcoole to see bird migrants along the shingle beach and in the marsh. Meet in the railway station car park at 10.30am.

Tuesday, September 11th 2018: WICKLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - Ricky Whelan from BirdWatch Ireland will discuss Swift ecology and conservation, BirdWatch Ireland's current Swift conservation projects and plans for the future. Glenview Hotel, 8.00pm.

Thursday, September 13th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Rare and scarce birds of Cape Clear Island, by Peter Phillips, Curator of Birds & Small Mammals, Dublin Zoo. Townhouse Hotel, Naas, 8.00pm.

Thursday, September 13th 2018: WESTMEATH

BirdWatch Ireland - The Westmeath Swift Survey: an overview of how Swifts are faring in County Westmeath, by Anton Krastev. Bloomfield Hotel, Mullingar 8.00pm. 

Saturday, September 15th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Kilcoole and East Coast Nature Reserve. Meet at Kilcoole Station car park at 11.00am.

Saturday, September 15th 2018: LIMERICK

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Tarbert Harbour and Ballyheigue, to see waterbirds, etc. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Tarbert, at 9.30am. Bring packed lunch. Leader: Davey Farrar.

Sunday, September 16th 2018: CARLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Bannow Bay, Co Wexford. Final details to be confirmed.

Sunday, September 16th: CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Tacumshin, Co Wexford.  Leaving Cork at 8.00am.  Booking essential to car pool.

Wednesday, September 19th 2018: DUBLIN - TOLKA

BirdWatch Ireland - Holiday birding in Hong Kong and Australia, by Dermot McCabe (Tolka Branch). Botanic Gardens Auditorium, 7.45pm (car park open 7.30pm).

Saturday, September 22nd 2018: CLARE

BirdWatch Ireland - a visit to Shannon Airport Lagoon and nearby mudflats to see ducks, waders and reedbed birds.  Meet at the Shannon Golf Club car park at 1.00pm.  Leaders: Nuala and Tom Lynch.

Saturday, September 22nd 2018: DONEGAL

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Fanad Head. Meet at the lighthouse car park at 10.00am.

Saturday, September 22nd 2018: DUBLIN - TOLKA

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Swords estuary and north Dublin. Meet at Botanic Gardens at 9.30am or Swords estuary (dog kennels) at 10.00am.

Saturday, September 22nd 2018: WICKLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Kilcoole to look for migrants. Meet at train station car park at 10.00am

Sunday, September 23rd 2018: WEST CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - Visit to Cape Clear to look for autumn migrants. Meet at Cape Clear Bird Observatory at 11.15am (ferry departs from Baltimore at 10.30am). Return on 4.30pm ferry.

Tuesday, September 25th: CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - Birds and light: from field craft to field guides, from art to photography, by Mike O’Keeffe. SMA Hall, Wilton, 8.00pm.

Tuesday, September 25th 2018: LAOIS

BirdWatch Ireland - Wildlife in the Slieve Blooms, by Kevin McCann. Parish Centre, Portlaoise, 8.00pm.

Wednesday, September 26th 2018: LIMERICK

BirdWatch Ireland - So you want to talk about mushrooms? Their magic and mystery, by Dr Tom Harrington. Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish, 7.45pm.

Saturday, September 29th - Sunday, September 30th 2018: MAYO

BirdWatch Ireland - Mayo Branch will have a stand at the Biodiversity Weekend organised by North Mayo Heritage Centre in Enniscoe, Crossmolina.

Monday, October 1st 2018: LOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - The Swift Conservation Project, by Brian Caffrey (BirdWatch Ireland). The Spirit Store, Dundalk, 8.00pm.

Tuesday, October 2nd 2018: DUBLIN - SOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - Birds of Dundalk and where to find them, by Breffini Martin. Graduate Bar, Rochestown Ave, 8.00pm.

Saturday, October 6th 2018: CLARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Joint outing to Loop Head with the Limerick Branch to look for scarce and rare migrants. Meet in Kilbaha village at 9.00am. Leaders: John N Murphy, Clodagh Glasgow.

Saturday, October 6th 2018: GALWAY

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing at Nimmo’s Pier, Galway, with Tom Cuffe. Meet at base of pier, 10.30am. Would suit both beginners and more experienced birdwatchers.

Saturday, October 6th 2018: LIMERICK

BirdWatch Ireland - Joint outing with Clare Branch to Kilbaha and Loop Head to look for autumn migrants. Meet at the Lighthouse Bar, Kilbaha village, at 9.00am or find us along the road towards Loop Head later. Bring packed lunch. Leaders: Clodagh Glasgow, John N Murphy.

Sunday, October 7th 2018: CARLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - Wildlife Walk on the River Barrow as part of Carlow Walking Festival. Details to be announced.

Sunday, October 7th 2018: WEST CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - Vist to Mizen Head to look for autumn migrants. Meet at Mizen Vision at 8.30am. Leader: Dan Ballard.

Sunday, October 7th 2018: DUBLIN SOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Turvey Parklands and Rogerstown Estuary. Meet in Turvey Nature Reserve car park off Turvey Avenue, 10.30am.

Sunday, October 7th 2018: LAOIS

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to North Bull Island, Dublin. Meet at the County Offices, Portlaoise, at 9.00am to car-pool.

Tuesday, October 9th 2018: MEATH

BirdWatch Ireland - Some of my favourite wildlife photographs, by Martin McNamara. Navan Education Centre, 7.00pm.

Tuesday, October 9th 2018: WICKLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - The Roseate Tern Conservation Project, by Brian Burke (BirdWatch Ireland). Glenview Hotel, 8.00pm.

Thursday, October 11th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Economical farming with wildlife, by Kim McCall, organic farmer. Townhouse Hotel, Naas, 8.00pm.

Thursday, October 11th 2018: WESTMEATH

BirdWatch Ireland - Ireland’s vanishing nature, by author and Irish Wildlife Trust Campaigns Officer Pádraic Fogarty. Bloomfield Hotel, 8.00pm.

Saturday, October 13th 2018: DONEGAL

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Donegal Bay. Meet at the end of the quay at 10.00am.

Saturday, October 13th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Anthony Mooney’s farm, Maynooth. Meet in Lidl car park, Maynooth, at 10.00am.

Saturday, October 13th 2018: WESTMEATH

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Lough Boora Parklands. Check Facebook or email branch for further information.

Wednesday, October 17th 2018: DUBLIN - TOLKA

BirdWatch Ireland - Mountain, wetland and desert: birding in Morocco, by Philip Clancy (Tolka Branch). Botanic Gardens Auditorium, 7.45pm (car park open 7.30pm).

Friday, October 19th 2018: CARLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - The Birds of Bahrain and the National Ringing Scheme, by Dr Brendan Kavanagh. Tinryland Parish Hall, 8.00pm.

Saturday, October 20th 2018: DUBLIN - TOLKA

BirdWatch Ireland - Car outing to Wexford. Meet at Botanic Gardens at 8.00am or Farmer's Kitchen, Drinagh, at 10.15am.

Saturday, October 20th 2018: SLIGO

BirdWatch Ireland - I-WeBS count in Sligo Harbour. Meet in Cartron at 12.30pm.

Saturday, October 20th 2018: WICKLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - Trip to Dundalk to see wintering waterbirds. 

Sunday, October 21st 2018: SLIGO

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Inch, Co Donegal, to see wintering wildfowl. Meet in Cartron car park at 9.00am. If the weather is fine we may hike around the lake (about 8 km on easy terrain).

Monday, October 22nd 2018: TIPPERARY

BirdWatch Ireland - Feeding garden birds (speaker to be confirmed). Cabragh Wetlands, Thurles, 7.30pm.

Tuesday, October 23rd 2018: CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - Wildlife through a lens: a talk and slide-show by Charlie Lee. SMA Hall, Wilton, 8.00pm.

Tuesday, October 23rd 2018: KILKENNY

BirdWatch Ireland - Bird conservation in Ireland and Britain, by Mark Robins (Head of Conservation and Policy, BirdWatch Ireland). Heritage Council Offices, Church Lane, Kilkenny formerly the Bishop’s Palace) at 8.00pm. All welcome.

Tuesday, October 30th 2018: LAOIS

BirdWatch Ireland - Birding in New Zealand, by Dick Coombes (BirdWatch Ireland). Parish Centre, Portlaoise, 8.00pm.

Saturday, November 3rd 2018: GALWAY

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing at Nimmo’s Pier, Galway, with Tom Cuffe. Meet at base of pier, 10.30am. Would suit both beginners and more experienced birdwatchers.

Sunday, November 4th 2018: CARLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Cahore Marsh, Co Wexford. Meet at Ballinoulart car park at south end at 10.00am.

Sunday, November 4th 2018: WEST CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Rosscarbery Estuary. Meet at Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, at 10.30am for car-share to Owenahincha and walk back to Rosscarbery. Half-day with full-day option. Leader: David Rees.

Monday, November 5th 2018: LOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - The Dublin Bay Birds Project, by Helen Boland (BirdWatch Ireland) – to be confirmed (check website later). The Spirit Store, Dundalk, 8.00pm.

Tuesday, November 6th 2018: DUBLIN - SOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - The Secret Lives of Crows, by Ricky Whelan (BirdWatch Ireland). Graduate Bar, Rochestown Ave, 8.00pm.

Thursday, November 8th 2018: DUBLIN - FINGAL

BirdWatch Ireland - Talk by Ricky Whelan (BirdWatch Ireland). Blue Bar Lounge, Skerries Harbour, 8.00pm.

Thursday, November 8th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - An update on the Pine Marten in Ireland, by Kate McAney (or Ruth Hanniffy) (Vincent Wildlife Trust). Townhouse Hotel, Naas, 8.00pm.

Thursday, November 8th 2018: WESTMEATH

BirdWatch Ireland - Corncrake Conservation, by Feargal Ó Cuinneagáin. Bloomfield Hotel, Mullingar, 8.00pm.

Saturday, November 10th 2018: DONEGAL

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Inch Levels. Meet at the Tready car park at 10.00am. (Directions: Coming from Letterkenny, turn left at Burt Church and continue for 2 km).

Saturday, November 10th 2018: DUBLIN - FINGAL

BirdWatch Ireland - Visit to Kilcoole and East Coast Nature Reserve, Co Wicklow. Meet in Kilcoole train station car park at 10.30am.

Saturday, November 10th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Annual bus trip to Carlingford Lough. Meet at B&Q car park, Naas, at 9.00am.

Sunday, November 11th 2018: DUBLIN - SOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - Coach trip to Galway. Leaving Dún Laoghaire ferry terminal at 8.30am sharp.

Sunday, November 11th 2018: SLIGO

BirdWatch Ireland - The Sligo Branch will have a stall at the Science Fair at Sligo IT. Stop by for a chat and to learn about the branch's activities.

Tuesday, November 13th 2018: WICKLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - The birds and other wildlife of Cape Clear, by Steve Wing (Cape Clear Wildlife Officer). Glenview Hotel, 8.00pm.

Friday, November 16th 2018: CARLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - The breeding Merlins and Ravens of Connemara National Park, by Dermot Breen (NPWS Conservation Ranger). Tinryland Parish Hall, 8.00pm.

Friday, November 16th 2018: SLIGO

BirdWatch Ireland - Science Week lecture at Sligo IT. Speaker to be arranged and will be advertised through social media.

Saturday, November 17th 2018: KILKENNY

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Cabragh Wetlands, Thurles. Meet at outside Kilkenny Castle for car-pooling at 10.00am, or at the visitors’ centre in Cabragh at 11.15am. Bring rain gear and binoculars.

Sunday, November 18th 2018: SLIGO

BirdWatch Ireland - I-WeBS count at Drumcliffe Bay. Meet in Cartron at 9.30am.

Wednesday, November 21st 2018: DUBLIN - TOLKA

BirdWatch Ireland - The changing fortunes of Ireland's birds through the Bird Atlas years (1968 to 2011), by Brian Caffrey (BirdWatch Ireland). Botanic Gardens Auditorium, 7.45pm (car park open 7.30pm).

Thursday, November 22nd 2018: DUBLIN - FINGAL

BirdWatch Ireland - Conservation in action, by Richard Nairn. Blue Bar Lounge, Skerries Harbour, 8.00pm.

Saturday, November 24th 2018: CLARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Joint outing with the Limerick Branch to Curraghchase Forest Park.  Hoping to see Hawfinch, Jay, Buzzard, Red Squirrel, etc.  Meet in the car park about a kilometre inside the barrier at 9.30am. Leaders: Austin Cooney, Brian Finnegan.

Saturday, November 24th 2018: CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - Joint outing to Harper’s Island Wetland Centre, Glounthane, Cork, with the Tipperary Branch, starting at 2.00pm and continuing while light allows.

Saturday, November 24th 2018: DUBLIN - TOLKA

BirdWatch Ireland - Car outing to Dundalk Bay and the Co Louth coast. Meet at Botanic Gardens at 8.30am or Dundalk Harbour at 9.45am.

Saturday, November 24th 2018: LIMERICK

BirdWatch Ireland - Joint outing with Clare Branch to Currachase Forest Park to look for Jays, Hawfinches, squirrels, etc. Meet in car park at 9.30am. Leaders: Clodagh Glasgow, Tom Lynch.

Saturday, November 24th 2018: TIPPERARY

BirdWatch Ireland - Joint outing with Cork branch to Harper's Island Reserve, Glounthane, Cork, starting at 2.00pm and continuing while light allows. See branch website later for more details.

Saturday, November 24th 2018: WICKLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - Garden Bird Workshop at the ECNR. Meet at the main entrance on Sea Road at 10.00am.

Saturday, December 8th 2018: DONEGAL

BirdWatch Ireland - Outing to Carrickfin. Meet at the Blue Flag beach car park beyond  the airport buildings at 10.00am.

Sunday, December 16th 2018: SLIGO

BirdWatch Ireland - I-WeBS count, Sligo Harbour. Meet in Cartron at 8.45am.

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Dog Days (PG; currently on release)

An ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles.

Duck Duck Goose (PG; currently on release)

Peng rejects the community of his tight-knit flock of geese in an attempt to live life on his own terms. But after he narrowly rescues two young ducklings, he must learn to care for them despite his independent attitude...

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (12A, currently on release)

Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that's about to erupt.

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales... (G, currently on release)

The countryside isn't always as calm and peaceful as it's made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus!

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