Friday 22 February 2013

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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.

Events & Listings

Click here for a full list of events taking place around the country, and movies currently on release, which might be of interest to wildlife lovers!

On today's programme

On today's programme

Dr Alistair McCracken takes us through the diseases and pests that pose significant danger to Irish trees.

We hear how weather records from whaling ships between 1750 and 1850 are helping us understand climate patterns, even today.

And, John Downer, one of the most remarkable wildlife filmmakers alive today, joins us to discuss his latest adventures up close and personal with penguins.


British Experts Baffled

A green 'goo' found on a reserve in Somerset and which baffled British experts was found to be  a type of eggless spawn produced by frightened frogs. But our studio experts identified this weeks ago and could have solved their mystery for them!

Surrogacy in Owls

These orphaned owls are being taken care of by a surrogate mother.

Eurosong 2013

Eurosong 2013

On The Late Late Show special tonight, host Ryan Tubridy will present the five songs that are in contention for EuroSong 2013, and a combination of juries and televoting will determine which song will represent Ireland in the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday the 14th of May.

Click here for your Eurovision Scorecard

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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