Check out the 12 finalists of the Eye on Nature competition


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'. To read the Heritage Bill 2016, as passed by Dáil Éireann on July 5th 2018, click here. To read the Heritage Act 2018, click here.

To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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.


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

If you notice something unusual in the natural world in your garden or on your travels or have a question about wildlife, ask the Mooney Goes Wild experts! We will do our best to get you the answer but remember a picture paints a thousand words so, if it is possible and safe to do so, take a picture and send it to

Look through our gallery to see the finalists of Ireland's newest national wildlife photographic competition.

Marcin Kaczmarkiewicz | Swan cygnet (Eala bhalbh, Cygnus olor). River Barrow, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow.

Larry Doherty | Orange ladybird (bóin Dé buí, Halyzia sedecimguttata). Cabragh. 
Wetlands, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ruth Kelly | Grey seal pup (Lao Mara, Halichoerus grypus). Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford.

Tristan Bane | Red fox cub on logs (Sionnach, Vulpes vulpes). Ravenhill, Belfast, Co.Antrim.

Edele Cunningham | Fallow buck amongst trees (Fia buí, Dama dama). Phoenix Park, Dublin, Co. Dublin.

Paul Fetherstonhaugh | Jay with red squirrel (Iora rua; scréachóg choille, Sciurus vulgaris; Garrulus glandarius). Garryhinch, Co. Laois.

Johnny Mitchell | Hare (Giorria, Lepus timidus). Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim.

Philip Greaves | Patchwork leafcutter bee (Beach gearrthóir duille, Megachile centuncularis). Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Tom McDonnell | Hares boxing (Giorria, Lepus timidus). Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim.

James Crombie | Starling murmuration (Druid, Sturnus vulgaris). Lough Ennell, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Feargal Quinn | Barn owl (Scréachóg reilige, Tyto alba). Ballyfin, Co. Laois.

Andrew Yeates | Kingfishers mating (Cruidín, Alcedo atthis). River Boyne, Navan, Co. Meath.



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