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    Mooney Goes Wild Friday 15 February 2013

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

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    Nesting time for birds is fast approaching, a our experts are on hand to give you advice about putting up your bird boxes for the coming season.

    We hear about the curious sea slug, who sheds and re-grows his penis each time he mates!

    And, Katriona McFadden finds out what it sounds like to be inside a human mouth!

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    Meteors exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia

    An 11-ton meteor blew up over Russia's Ural Mountains setting off blasts that injured nearly 1,000 people and shocked countless others

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    Do Unattractive Friends Make You Look Better?

    Professor Andrea Pilastro, Dept of Biology, University of Padova, Italy,

    Yesterday was Valentine's Day. And if you have a husband, a wife, a partner - any kind of "significant other" - we hope you had a great time together...!

    But if you DIDN'T have a partner last night, and you were feeling a little left out ........ well, maybe you are going about the whole "mating game" in the wrong way!

    If new research from Italy is to be believed, you might be better off being surrounded with uglier versions of yourself!. You know.... Just to make yourself look better looking to the OPPOSITE sex. After all, ugliness.... Beauty... These are all relative concepts.

    So if you're a man, and you're single, and you want to do something about it...... go and befriend the least attractive members of your own sex!

    Seemingly, this is a tried and trusted method used by a particular type of fish: the Guppy. And evidence of this behaviour was detected by The Sexual Selection Group from the Department of Biology at the University of Padova, in northern Italy.

    The research was headed by Professor Andrea Pilastro, Dept of Biology, University of Padova, Italy, and he joins the gang to discuss.

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    Sea Slug Whose Penis Drops Off After Sex

    Bernard Picton, Curator of Marine Invertebrates, Dept of Zoology, National Museums, N.I. talks to Derek about the sea slug which discards its penis after sex and grows back a new one within 24 hours.

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    Bird Nesting Season Has Arrived

    Terry Flanagan visits Declan Hamilton and Patrick Harte from the Irish Wheelchair Association to give them advice as to how and where to put next boxes.

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    Oscillator Exhibition at Trinity's Science Gallery

    The Science Gallery at Trinity College has done it again! Another great exhibition, open to everybody, bringing science to the public in a really interesting and accessible way.

    At the moment, they are running an exhibition called OSCILLATOR. The term oscillator can be applied to anything that moves back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm. And the OSCILLATOR exhibition at science Gallery explores the movements, vibrations and cycles all around us, in everyday life.

    The world’s most life-giving oscillator is the heart. And at the launch, Australian artists Helen Pynor and Peta Clancy, paid tribute to this wonderful organ. Part of their performance involved the reanimation of two freshly disembodied pig hearts!

    Our reporter, Katrina McFadden, went along to the exhibition yesterday.

    Exhibition opening hours: Tue-Fri 12-8pm, Sat & Sun 12-6pm. Closed Mondays.The exhibition is on now, and runs until April 14, 2013.

    http://sciencegallery.com/oscillator

    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.

    UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:

    Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed

    BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted.  It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.

    Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made.  This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.

    The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:

    (a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
    (b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).

    The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.

    BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal.  In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.

    BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.

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

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    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 www.irishwildlifematters.ie

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