Monday 4th June

Squirrel Colloquium

Dr. Colin Lawton

Primate Communication

Dr. Cat Holbaiter

South Korea and Japan

Niall Hatch

Celtic Mist Humpback Watching

Simon Berrow

Monday 21st May

Rat Eradication

Professor Mike Richardson is chair of the 'Rodent Eradication on South Georgia' project and Dr Steven Newton is Senior Seabird Conservation Officer at Birdwatch Ireland discussed rat phobias and rat eradication.

Celtic Mist Humpback Watching

Humpback whales re one of the biggest, most majestic and iconic mammals in our oceans. They're returning year after year in increasing numbers to feed in Irish waters.  Terry Flanagan spoke with Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group about the journey of The Celtic Mist vessel from Ireland to Iceland!

Monday 30th April

Nature Live

Producer Colm Crowley chats with Derek about Nature Live (a one hour live programme of nature from all around Europe) being broadcast next Sunday evening on RTÉ 1.

Helgé Softeland of NRK in Norway

Ahead of the Dawn Chorus next weekend, Derek spoke with Helgé Softeland of NRK in Norway (one of the Dawn Chorus' original collaborators) about their contribution and what people can expect on the night.

Grey Herons

Terry O'Flanagan and Niall Hatch tell us what's happening with our Grey Herons in St. Ann's Park.

Monday 23rd April


The Cornrakes' population has been decimated throughout Europe but they're still present along the coast lines of Donegal and west Mayo. Richard and Eanna discuss..


Kate McAney from the Vincent Wildlife Trust discusses bats with Derek and the team.

Grey Herons

Terry Flanagan and Eric Dempsey discuss Grey Herons live from a nest!

Monday 16th April

Owl Wing Transplant

A rare owl had both wings badly damaged in a suspected traffic accident. A delicate operation was carried out in the UK by the Wildlife Aid Foundation, whose CEO Simon Cowell spoke with Derek...

Atlantic Salmon

The documentary ‘Atlantic Salmon - Lost At Sea ’ explores the reasons for the falling population. Ken Whelan talks about the documentary and the more...


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

Monday 9th April

Beekeeping Around The World

Our resident bee expert, Philip McCabe, is President of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations.  He has recently returned to Abu Dhabi, and is shortly set to visit Romania and several African nations.  He's in studio this evening with a fascinating insight into beekeeping around the world... www.rte.ie/nature

Bee Art Exhibition

Irish artist Kathrine Geoghegan has come up with a novel way to draw attention to the crisis facing bees - we sent Abie Philman Bowman to meet Kathrine to learn more... www.rte.ie/nature

Changing State Of Ireland's Coral Reefs

Did you know that over half the species of coral are cold, deep-water species - and many of them can be found right here in Irish waters? Dr. Aaron Lim, a Post-doctoral Researcher with Marine Geology Research Group at UCC, has plotted and imaged an entire deep water reef - he joins us from RTÉ's Cork studios to reveal what he found... www.rte.ie/nature

First Swallow

During the programme tonight, we received a text from listener Ger in Meath who asked 'Any sign of the first swallow, lads?'.  We received messages by text, tweet, Facebook and e-mail to tell us all about your sightings of swallows right across the country! www.rte.ie/nature

Nature News Of The Week: Basking Sharks & Humpback Whales Return

The first basking sharks and humpback whales of the 2018 season have been spotted off the coasts of Cork and Kerry.  Dr. Simon Berrow, Chief Science Officer of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, joins us this evening to tell us more... www.rte.ie/nature

Nocturnal Wildlife

There's lots of wildlife that you can see and hear at night-time - hedgehogs, badgers and bats, foxes, owls and moths ... what can you see or hear in your area?  We would love to find out! Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan explains what we're looking for... www.rte.ie/nature

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 25/02/18

On MGW tonight: Nocturnal Wildlife; Nature News Of The Week: Basking Sharks & Humpback Whales Return; First Swallow; Changing State Of Ireland's Coral Reefs; Bee Art Exhibition; Beekeeping Around The World... www.rte.ie/nature

Sunday 1st April

Call For Rathlin Volunteers

Call For Rathlin Volunteers

Ringing Birds In Co. Offaly

Ringing Birds In Co. Offaly

Drumming Woodpeckers

Drumming Woodpeckers

Sunday 25th March

Death Of Sudan, Last Male Northern White Rhino

Sad news this week as #Sudan, the last Male Northern White Rhino, dies; we ask Jan Stejskal what hope now for the species? www.rte.ie/mooney

Darwin Comes To Town: How The Urban Jungle Drives Evolution

Eanna ni Lamhna talks to Menno Schilthuizen, author of 'Darwin Comes To Town: How The Urban Jungle Drives Evolution', to find out how the evolution of wildlife in cities is happening more quickly and strangely than Darwin could ever have dreamed... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mad As A March Hare!

As the country’s Lepus Timidus Hibernicus population continues to decline, Terry Flanagan meets Dr. Karina Dingerkus in Mayo, to go in search of the Mad March Hare... www.rte.ie/mooney

Roseate Tern Project Nominated For Natura Award

BirdWatch Ireland is the first EVER Irish finalist in the prestigious Natura 2000 Awards – and they need YOUR vote! Niall Hatch tells us more about their nomination for the remarkable Roseate Tern project... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 25/03/18

On MGW tonight: Roseate Tern Project Nominated For Natura Award; Mad As A March Hare!; Darwin Comes To Town: How The Urban Jungle Drives Evolution; Death Of Sudan, Last Male Northern White Rhino... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 11th March


Some EU countries have seen a decline in bee colonies of more than 50%. Thus, MEPS are calling for increased support for beekeepers, the banning of harmful pesticides, more investment in developing safe bee drugs, and a clampdown on imports of fake honey. Philip McCabe is President of APIMONDIA – Bees Of The World.

Ireland's Native Woodlands

A new publication by ecologist John Cross and forester Kevin Collins presents a vision for Ireland’s native forests, and a roadmap for their preservation and expansion. Éanna Ní Lamhna went for a walk in Enniskerry Co Wicklow.


Niall Hatch and Derek talk about the complex matter of hedgecutting in Ireland.

March Hares

Terry Flanagan, travelled to Co. Mayo and met up with Dr. Karina Dingerkus who is an Ecologist with a PhD on the ecology and distribution of the Irish hare.

Sunday 4th March


Terry Flanagan talks about urban photography with Michael Keating in Dublin


To discover more about the Common frog in this country and what this latest research could mean... Sheila O’Callaghan has been out to the grounds of University College Dublin to meet Rob Gandola, senior science officer at the  Herpetological Society of Ireland...

Giant Squid

The Giant Squid recently acquired by the National History museum in Dublin was caught 118 miles off the Kerry coast. It’s currently in refrigerated storage in Dublin, where Richard Collins met with Paolo Viscardi, Zoology Curator with the Natural History Museum...

Cold Birds

Jim Wilson reports on how the birds are faring during the Beast from the East and this late winter...

Sunday 18th February

The Swans Of Lough Ennell

Terry Flanagan reports on some frisky swan activity on Lough Ennell... www.rte.ie/mooney

Wikie The Talking Whale

Professor Josep Call from the University of St. Andrews tells us about Wikie the talking Whale... www.rte.ie/mooney

Woodpeckers' Talking Drums

No two drummers are ever the same in the world of Woodpeckers - we discover their sophisticated art of rolls, strokes and rhythms, with Niall Hatch, of BirdWatch Ireland ... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 18/02/18

On MGW tonight: Woodpeckers' Talking Drums; Wikie The Talking Whale; The Swans Of Lough Ennell ... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 4th February

Living Without Plastic For A Week

Could you live without plastic for a week? Arlene Finn, of Galway City Council, tells us about a new challenge being issued to Galwegians to avoid single-use and disposable plastic for seven days, as Mooney Goes Wild researcher Sinéad Renshaw is tasked with undertaking the same test!

Wet Wipes

Marine biologist Rowan Byrne finds out about a new type of biodegradable wet wipe... www.rte.ie/mooney

Great Gliders

Ornithologist Eric Dempsey is in studio to give his thoughts on a gliding starling that Derek observed... www.rte.ie/mooney

MEPs Supporting Bees

Philip McCabe, President of Apimondia, tell us about moves being made in European politics to protect our bee populations... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 04/02/18

On MGW tonight: MEPs Supporting Bees; Great Gliders; Wet Wipes; Living Without Plastic For A Week ... www.rte.ie/mooney

Sunday 28th January

Dublin Bay: Nature And History

Richard Collins meets author Richard Nairn, to find out about a new book which celebrates the miraculous coastal ecosystem that is Dublin Bay... www.rte.ie/mooney

Researching Primates In Africa

Research Scientist Adeelia Goffe joins Derek and the panel is studio to give us a unique insight into primates in the African jungle... www.rte.ie/mooney

Glossy Ibis

Derek enjoys a rare sighting of the Glossy Ibis on the Shannon callows, with Bord na Móna ecologist Mark McCorry, and visits Niall Hatch at the BWI's East Coast Nature Reserve to observe the ibis there... www.rte.ie/mooney

Robins & Hawfinches

BirdWatch Ireland's Development Officer, Niall Hatch, joins Derek, Richard and Eanna in studio to chat about the robin that visits Derek's garden, and a fascinating hawfinch that one of our listeners tweeted us about... www.rte.ie/mooney

Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 28/01/18

On MGW tonight: Robins & Hawfinches; Glossy Ibis; Researching Primates In Africa; Dublin Bay: Nature And History... www.rte.ie/mooney

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