What's On - Events & Movies

This year's Dawn Chorus programme took place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and was a roaring success!  All India Radio producer Monika Gulati sent us a pic of herself sporting our Dawn Chorus beanie!!

May Events

Well whilst our Dawn Chorus programme may have finished for another year, throughout May, events are still taking place around the country to celebrate the beautiful birdsong that our feathered friends provide.  For more information on these events, and on the annual Burren In Bloom festival that takes place from May 18th - 20th, visit our events listings page!  And if you have an event you'd like to let our listeners know about, e-mail mooney@rte.ie.

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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.

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...


Thursday, May 10th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - How are Yellowhammers doing in Kildare? The 2017 survey, by Alex Copland. Townhouse Hotel, Naas, 8.00pm.

Saturday, May 12th 2018: DONEGAL

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to Ards Forest Park. Meet in the main car park at 10.00am.

Sunday, May 13th 2018: CARLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn Chorus Day walk in Clogrennan Woods, Ballinbranna, Co Carlow. Meet in entrance car park at 4.30am.

Sunday, May 13th 2018: CAVAN

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn Chorus Day walk in Belturbet. meet at Turbet Island car plark at 4.30am.

Sunday, May 13th 2018: CLARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn Chorus Day outing to Mullaghmore area in the Burren. We hope to hear, Cuckoo, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Yellowhammer and common birds of the countryside. Meet at the Grotto, Corofin, at 5.00am.  Note: The Clare Branch of BirdWatch Ireland is looking for reports of Yellowhammers anywhere in the county, but especially in the Burren.  Numbers of breeding pairs have fallen considerably in recent years; their remaining stronghold is in the north and east of the Burren.  Numbers could be as low as 40 pairs but your observations will give a more accurate picture; please go to www.clarebirdwatching.com to report your sightings.

Sunday, May 13th 2018: WEST CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn Chorus Day walk. Meet at Long Strand car park on R598 (5km east of Rosscarbery) at 4.30am. Refreshments afterwards. Leader: David Rees. (Toilets: No)

Sunday, May 13th 2018: DUBLIN - SOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - visit to Avoca and Meeting of the Waters. Red Kite sightings guaranteed, also Dipper, Grey Wagtail and possibly Kingfisher. Meet in church car park at 9.00am.

Sunday, May 13th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn Chorus Day walk in Castletown estate, Celbridge. Meet in car park off N4 entrance at 4.45am

Sunday, May 13th 2018: KILKENNY

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn Chorus Day walk. Meet in the car park in Jenkinstown Wood at 4.30am. Please bring rain gear.

Sunday, May 13th 2018: LIMERICK

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn Chorus Day walk at Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick, to hear many woodland bird species. Meet in Croker’s Pub car park at 4.45am for walk through the grounds. Leader: Gordon Young

Sunday, May 13th 2018: LOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn Chorus Day walk in Ravensdale Forest, Cooley Peninsula. Meet at 5.00am.

Sunday, May 13th 2018: MEATH

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn Chorus Day walk

Sunday, May 13th 2018: SLIGO

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn Chorus Day walk at Devil’s Chimney, Glencar. Meet at 5.00am sharp. Leader: Trevor Hunter.

Wednesday, May 16th 2018: DUBLIN - TOLKA

BirdWatch Ireland - talk on Rare and scarce birds of Cape Clear, by Peter Phillips, Curator of Birds and Small Mammals, Dublin Zoo. Botanic Gardens Auditorium, 8.00pm (doors open 7.30pm, car park open).

Wednesday, May 16th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - The Birds of Castletown Estate, Celbridge, followed by dusk chorus walk. Limited places for talk at 7.00pm. Walk starts at front of house at 7.45pm.

Friday, May 18th - Sunday, May 20th: Burren In Bloom

Farmers, naturalists, artists, writers and more come together to celebrate the Burren in Bloom!

The annual arrival of the Burren’s world famous wildflowers is truly spectacular - the Burrenbeo Trust’s Burren in Bloom festival is a celebration of this, opening the magic of this landscape to all.

The annual Burren in Bloom Festival, running from 18th May to the 20th May 2018, will focus on the strong link that the unique farming traditions of the Burren have with the abundant biodiversity of this region.  Each year, farmers in the Burren send their cattle up into the high Burren to their ‘winterage’; in doing so they are grazing back the previous season’s growth, the dominant herbs and grasses and continuously fertilizing the land throughout the dormant season.  All of this has a key and unique ecological output – a floral orchestra that makes the Burren world famous.  In order to celebrate this, Burren in Bloom is a learning festival which will feature a wide variety of events including walks, talks and demonstrations from local farmers, ecologists and more.

Organised by the Burrenbeo Trust  the events are sure to enhance your appreciation of the unique and beautiful Burren landscape.  ‘The Burren is truly incredible at this time of the year, with a fascinating and beautiful carpet of wild flowers that is second to none.  In addition to this unmissable display the fascinating story of the region and its heritage is really worth learning about.  Burren in Bloom is a celebration of all this, with a great range of events that mean people can learn about and experience this for themselves’ explains Áine Bird, Burren in Bloom coordinator.

With events on topics ranging from meadow blooms to edible plants, conservation to art, rock pools to pollinators there is plenty to attract a wide range of people that wish to know more about this intriguing phenomenon.  Some key figures involved are ecologist Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, writer and campaigner Padraic Fogarty, as well as events led by local farmers and many more.

The Burren in Bloom Festival is coordinated by the Burrenbeo Trust, a landscape charity dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them.  Monies raised during the event support their work with the local community.  For more information on the event go to www.burreninbloom.com.

Saturday, May 19th 2018: DUBLIN - TOLKA

BirdWatch Ireland - Visit to Glendalough and Wicklow woodlands. Meet Botanic Gardens at 9.00am or Glendalough Upper Lake car park at 10.15am.

Sunday, May 20th 2018: CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn Chorus Day walk. Killiney Hill.  Meet in the main car park off Dalkey Avenue at 4.00am.

Sunday, May 20th 2018: ROSCOMMON

BirdWatch Ireland - Dawn chorus walk in Mote Park, Roscommon. Meet at park entrance at 5.15am in the morning.

Friday, May 25th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - Dusk chorus walk at Pollardstown Fen. Meet in car park at 7.45pm.

Sunday, May 27th 2018: SLIGO

BirdWatch Ireland - Boat trip to Innismurray from Rosses Point (tides permitting. Members only (maximum 12).

Tuesday, May 29th 2018: MEATH

BirdWatch Ireland - walk to look for Swifts in Trim. Meet in the car park beside Aldi at 7.30pm.


Earth: One Amazing Day (G; currently on release)

From BBC Earth Films, the studio that brought you Earth, comes the long-awaited sequel - Earth: One Amazing Day, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands, from exotic jungles to urban jungles. Astounding breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close and personal with a cast of unforgettable characters; a baby zebra desperate to cross a swollen river, a penguin who heroically undertakes a death-defying daily commute to feed his family, a family of sperm whales who like to snooze vertically and a sloth on the hunt for love. Told with humour, intimacy, emotion and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendour, Earth: One Amazing Day is the enchanting big screen family friendly adventure that spectacularly highlights how every day is filled with more unseen dramas and wonders than you can possibly imagine- until now!

Ferdinand (G; currently on release)

Ferdinand is a Spanish Fighting Bull who prefers smelling the flowers and practicing non-violence rather than chasing red cloths held by matadors in arenas.  But when disaster comes to him, he is taken to a fighting stadium, and Ferdinand needs to decide if he is a fighting bull or a flower smelling, generous bull, in order to earn his freedom.

Jane (Currently on release)

Documentary: Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges the male dominated scientific consensus of her time with her chimpanzee research and revolutionizes people's understanding of the natural world.

The Jungle Bunch (G; currently on release)

A penguin raised by tigers defends his jungle from an evil koala and an army of baboons.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (PG; currently on release)

Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved Liberty Park to make way for an amusement park.  Hoping to save the place they call home, Surly, Andie, Buddy and the rest of the gang join forces with Mr. Feng, a seemingly cute and innocent mouse who happens to be a fierce master of kung fu.

The Star (PG; currently on release)

A small but brave donkey named Bo goes on the adventure of his dreams.  Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.



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