Mooney Goes Wild Monday 21st September 2020
Fresh water pearl mussels. The Blessington Street swans. The proposed ban on lead shot for use in the hunting wetland birds and the foul mouthed parrots abusing visitors to Lincolnshire wildlife park.
Mooney Goes Wild Monday 14th September 2020
This week Derek and gang take a look at the curious world of parasitic plants, the catastrophic decline of wildlife and the new
survey of Clare Island.
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On this week's show we take a look at Dragonfly numbers, Northern Fulmars and plastic pollution and Terry takes a look at Moths in Áras an Uachtaráin.
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This week we have Skeletal Deconstruction at the Natural History Museum, Bats in Co. Laois and Curlew Chicks on the Shores of Lough Neagh.
Mooney Goes Wild - Waterways Special
Join Derek and friends for a special celebrating Ireland's beautiful waterways.
Mooney Goes Wild Sunday 16th August 2020
On today's programme , The language of Butterflies, Wendy Williams tells us about her new book. Terry Flanagan investigates the establishment of PAW an organisation set up to fight wildlife crime in Ireland and we hear about an ambitious project to rehome two captive Beluga Whales from a watery theme park in China to seawater sanctuary in Iceland.
Mooney Goes Wild - Second Chance Documentary: Carl Linnaeus
Derek and Dr. Richard Collins embarked on a Linnaean pilgrimage in 2007, visiting Sweden and Holland to make a radio documentary on the great man.
Mooney Goes Wild Sunday 9th August 2020
We learn about the Otters on Dublin rivers, how scientists are using satellites to identify colonies of Emperor Penguins in Antarctica, we meet the Irish farmer who says that Dung Beetles are the farmers best friend and white-tailed sea eagle chicks in West Cork.
Second Chance Documentary: The White Storks of Rühstädt in Germany
In this special edition of Mooney Goes Wild Derek travels to the picturesque village of Rühstädt in Germany.
Mooney Goes Wild Sunday 2nd August 2020
Barry McMahon from UCD on controlling predators, Terry Flanagan spends a 'Day-cation' watching wildlife from a 'commercial' hide on a farm in Ballyfinn Co. Laois and Richard Collins hears about the campaign to ban Trophy Hunting from its founder Eduardo Gonçalves.
Mooney Goes Wild Sunday 26th July 2020
We meet the artist whose sculpture of Grey Herons was stolen from Cobh in County Cork. We learn about a new species of Mayfly to Ireland.
Prof Emma Teeling on BATS potentially holding the key to unlocking the cure to COVID 19. We hear about a BUZZARD in Co Louth & Terry Flanagan explains why Swans often rest one leg on their back whilst swimming.
Mooney Goes Wild Sunday July 19th 2020
Terry reports on the Brown Booby that landed on the beach in Greystones. Derek meets two conservationists from New Zealand who are looking after the Roseate Tern Colony on Rockabill. Dr Richard Collins talks to James Morrissey about his book, THE BEES KNEES and Director of the Botanic Gardens Matthew Jebb on the Oak Processionary Moth.
Second Chance Documentary: The Blue Whale
This is the story of Hope also known as the Wexford Blue Whale which became stranded on Swanton Sandbank at the mouth of Wexford Harbour in 1891.
Mooney Goes Wild - Seabird Special
On today's programme we’re going to celebrate Ireland’s abundance of seabirds.
As an island nation we have a coastline that measures 3,171 kilometres – with no fewer than 246 offshore islands – perfect habitats for the 24 species of seabird who breed and raise their young on our spectacular cliffs and islands.
Second Chance Documentary: The Cuckoo
Love them or hate them, there is no denying that Cuckoos are very special birds indeed.Their behaviour and lifecycle is utterly unlike that of any other Irish or European bird, and their song has long been celebrated as the very sound of summer itself.
Mooney Goes Wild - Music and Bird Special
Derek is joined by Dr. Richard Collins along with ornithologists Niall Hatch and 'The Birdman' Eric Dempsey for a musical special.
They are joined by traditional music royalty Donal Lunny & Paddy Glackin for a feast of bird inspired jigs & reels. And Maureen Carr tells us about her extraordinary photograph of a Robin feeding a Cuckoo.
Mooney Goes Wild Sunday 28th June 2020
The mystery of the Short Tailed Shearwater that breeds in Australia and Tasmania but one was discovered on a beach in County Waterford.
We hear about the damage caused to the marine environment by 'flushable' wet wipes and Terry Flanagan investigates a sparrows nest above the doorway in Sandyford industrial estate.
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Terry updates us on the Mute Swan families on the Northside of Dublin. Marine Biologist Emma Ridley talk's about SUPER DIEGO, the giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands. Niall Hatch & Dr Stephen Newton of BirdWatch Ireland on rat eradication from seabird colonies & Dr Matthew Jebb joins Éanna ní Lámhna in studio to discuss all things botanical.
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Derek talks to Jenny Lambert (Sunday World) & Niall Hatch (BirdWatch Ireland) about the MOONEY'S BIRD DETECTIVES booklet. Elaine O'Riordan from NUI Galway talks about a 'Citizen Scientists' hedgehog survey. Terry Flanagan dissects bird poo and Dr Richard Collins talks to Dr Glen Peters about the impact COVID 19 is having on carbon emissions.
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Wild Deer during a Pandemic with Damien Hannigan from the Irish Deer Commission, Richard Collins talks about Mute Swans transporting chicks on their backs, Alex Crawford from Sky News on plastic pollution in the Nile & Terry Flanagan goes to St Catherine’s Park in Dublin to observe mating Pigeons.
Mooney Goes Wild Special: The Swallow - From Egg To Africa
First broadcast in 2004, in this radio documentary Eric Dempsey looks at the amazing journey of the swallow. The programme looks at the whole life cycle of Irish swallows, from the moment the adults arrive and begin nesting to the laying of the first eggs. It follows the progress of young birds in the nest to their arrival in South Africa.
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Dr Richard Collins talks to 'Virus hunter' Professor Stephen Baker about Pandemics. Lorcan O'Toole of the Golden Eagle Trust, tells us about the recent illegal mass poisoning of BUZZARDS in Cork & Terry Flanagan reports on sightings of Terrapins in the Royal Canal.
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Derek, Richard Collins and Niall Hatch discuss Imprinting in Mute Swans. We hear about Hedgehog mortality on our motorways and exploring Ireland's landscape, Carlow based playwright & novelist John MacKenna takes us for a stroll down the 'lane' where he lives.
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Derek, Niall and Richard discover Little Egrets on the River Dodder, explore the unusual feeding habits of the Eleonora's Falcon, discuss the impacts of COVID 19 on primates and we pay tribute to UCC on the tenth anniversary of the College being awarded a Green Flag.
Mooney Goes Wild Full Show
On Mooney Goes Wild this week we look at an Eaglecam in Glengarriff, Terry visits a city farm in Dublin, a Swan attack on the Royal Canal in Dublin and Richard talks to Paul Martyn Cooper about Nature's Explorers.
Biodiversity audit of Áras an Uachtaráin
Terry Flanagan headed off late at night with Dr. Even Gaughran and Collie Ennis from Trinity College to see what spiders they could find around Áras an Uachtaráin.
Plantago lanceolata, the Ribwort Plantain
Yvonne Buckley, Professor of Zoology at Trinity College Dublin, joined forces with Dr Annabel Smith from the University of Queensland, to study the Ribwort Plantain, in an attempt to see how it’s become one of the world’s most successfully distributed plant species. Éanna ní Lámhna recently went along to Trinity College to meet Yvonne Buckley.
Derek and Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland discuss birdsong.
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Derek Mooney and Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland discuss birdsong. Éanna ní Lámhna visits Trinity College to learn about Plantago lanceolata, the Ribwort Plantain and Terry Flanagan continues his series of reports on the Biodiversity audit of Áras an Uachtaráin.
The Easter Bunny
Dr Richard Collins explores the Easter Bunny, in a feature first broadcast in April 2006.
The Blue Tit and Nesting
Derek chats with Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland about the Blue tit nest box in Derek's garden and the different nesting strategies adopted by birds.
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Derek chats with Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland about the Blue tit nest box in Derek's garden and the different nesting strategies adopted by birds. Dr Richard Collins explores the Easter Bunny and we invite listeners to download the Dawn Chorus recording made by Derek at Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve, Cobh, Co. Cork in May 2019
The Eider Duck Special
In this special Mooney Goes Wild programme, Derek snuggles up with the Common Eider.
The Early Spring Transect at Aras an Uachtarain
Following on with our year long Biodiversity study in Aras an Uachtarain, this week our man Terry Flanagan meets Prof. Nicola Marples from the Zoology Dept of TCD and they head off on a transect of the grounds to monitor the abundance and the variety of bird life that can be found within the grounds.
Shirley Gleeson is a Nature and Wellbeing Consultant and runs Forest Bathing walks through native woodland like that in Knocksink, Wicklow.
John Bela Reilly joined in on a session lead by Shirley.
BBC Wildlife Documentaries in the Age of Attenborough
Richard Collins and Derek travelled to University College London to meet Jean -Baptiste Gouyon author of BBC Wildlife Documentaries in the Age of Attenborough.
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On this weeks show: BBC Wildlife Documentaries in the Age of Attenborough, The Early Spring Transect at Aras an Uachtarain and Forest Bathing in Co Wicklow.
Better Ballymun Day of Action
The Better Ballymun Day of Action recently occurred and we sent John 'Bela' Reilly along to find out more.
Ruairi O'Leochain's Bee's
Ruairi O'Leochain's ambition is to introduce no fewer than five million bees to an area around Athlone. Derek recently met Ruairi at his apiary on the outskirts of the town.
Brigid Barron's Black Headed Gulls
Brigid Barron recorded some Black Headed Gulls recently in Co Clare just before a storm.
Re-introducing the European Crane to Donegal
Derek is joined by Killian McLaughlin, who’s added two pairs of European Crane to the Wild Ireland Reserve in Inishowen.
National Tree Week
National Tree Week has been postponed but that didn't get in the way as Éanna always likes to talk about trees.
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On this week's show: Éanna talks about National Tree Week, Re-introducing the European Crane to Donegal, Brigid's Black Headed Gulls and 5 million Bee's in Athlone.
Trinity College Wild Meadow
Trinity College Dublin is asking the public to vote on its vision to create an urban wildflower meadow, as part of the university’s response to Ireland's 'biodiversity crisis'.
The One Eyed Pine Marten
Bill and Ann Ryan from Co. Cavan invited Terry Flanagan down to view a one eyed Pine Marten who feeds in their back garden.
Rathlin RSPB callout for volunteers
Some 20,000 people visited the West Light Seabird Centre on the island last year – a huge number which could not have been facilitated without a great team of dedicated and passionate volunteers.
Rathlin is again asking for your help and support. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is now recruiting this year’s flock of volunteers.
Mattresses Growing Food in the Desert
Derek is joined by Tony Ryan from the University of Sheffield.
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On this weeks show: the Trinity College Wildflower meadow, a one eyed Pine Marten, growing food on mattresses for Syrian refugees and the Rathlin Island volunteer call out.
Nightjars Rediscovered in Munster
John Lusby, Conservation Officer at Birdwatch Ireland joins Derek in studio to tell us that its forgotten and fabled call was heard again recently.
A couple of years ago Terry Flanagan went to Dublin Airport with wildlife conservationist Con Farrell and his team where they rounded up a number of Hares which were then translocated away to new habitats.
Earlier this week Terry met up with Con again in Wicklow to see how they got on.
About a third of Ireland’s 21 species are critically endangered and their loss would trigger a wider emergency for food production, and indeed wildlife.
Paul O’Brien is President of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers and he joins us from our Galway studio.
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Joining Derek this week we have: Éanna Ní Lamhna, Dr. Richard Collins, Paul O'Brien from the Federation of Irish Beekeepers, translocating Hares with Terry Flanagan and Con Farrell and John Lusby on the rediscovery of Nightjars in Munster.
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