Mooney Friday 21 December 2012

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

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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.



Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

Wildlife Christmas Presents

There's only four days left till Christmas Day - not long if you haven't started your Christmas shopping! But never fear, our wildlife panel of Richard Collins, Eanna ni Lamhna and Terry Flanagan have put together a list of suggestions for the perfect wildlife present!

What Is The Longest Word

Olan McGowan examines why some of the longest words are the scientific ones, and we hear Russian Dmitry Golubovskiy saying the longest word (the full clip of him saying the word is three hours and thirty minutes and on

Bubbling Penguins

Derek and the panel talk to John Davenport, Professor Emeritus of Zoology in University College Cork, and one of the authors of a paper on why penguins produce bubbles

Ringing Birds

Jim Wilson meets Barry O'Mahony in Cork Harbour to find out why he has spent the last 30 years ringing wading birds, and what he has uncovered...

Dustin The Turkey

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a turkey, and to help us look forward to the big day, we are joined by the stylish, the debonair Dustin the Turkey!

Hedgerows: 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'. For more information, click here.

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


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



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