Friday, March 15th 2013

***MOONEY GOES WILD WINS ROSE D'OR AWARD!!***

The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and the awards ceremony took place last night (Tuesday, September 13th 2016).  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know drumroll... WE WON!!! We're absolutely thrilled to pieces, and a massive thanks to all our EBU and BirdLife International partners, we couldn't have done it without you!  Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or awards (in which legendary funnyman John Cleese picked up the Lifetime Achievement award), and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney Goes Wild today...

On Mooney Goes Wild today...

Reporter Terry Flanagan discovers an amazing sunken village under Blessington Lake, we find out about the incredible increase in lapwing numbers - and we've all the action from Cheltenham, live!

Racing From Cheltenham - Day Four

Racing From Cheltenham - Day Four

It’s Gold Cup Day – the Blue Riband of Jump Racing. Arkle, Dawn Run, Desert Orchid, Best Mate and Kauto Star have all won this prestigious race... And it’s a very open race this year!

But already on the final day of the Cheltenham festival we’ve had a fare bit of excitement... RTÉ’s Michael Fortune joins Derek to set the scene from Cheltenham, and we also hear from Barry Orr, Public Relations Manager with Betfair. Tony O’Hehir provides the commentary.

The races that are due to take place today are:

13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle
14:05 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
14:40 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)
15:20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)
16:00 Cga Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
16:40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle
17:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup

For more information about all the racing at Cheltenham, visit www.rte.ie/sport/racing.

Wildlife Of Blessington Lake

Blessington Lake is an artificial lake created in the 1940's to provide drinking water for the city of Dublin and also to provide water for a dam to generate electricity.

Over the last 70 years, it's become very much a part of the landscape in County Wicklow, and it has developed its own population of wildlife in the process!

Our reporter, Terry Flanagan, took a tour of Blessington Lake to find out more...

This weekend, a new tour boat will begin to take tours out on the lake and explain what is found under the water.

A large number of farms were flooded to create this lake. The lake is huge (a coastline of nearly 60 km) and it is a lovely day out.

Lots of wildlife including ospreys - very seldom seen in Ireland - other birds of prey, ducks, geese and lots more!

 

For more information, visit www.poulaphuca.com.

Lapwings

He loves his birds and more specifically the partridge but he is also responsible for the radical increase in lapwings, which were in rapid decline not only in Ireland but in Europe... Kieran Buckley, of the Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust & Peatland Habitat, is in studio to explain more!

App Article: The Wildlife WITHIN Our Bodies! by Terry Flanagan

Every Friday, 'Mooney' concentrates on wildlife and nature. So much so, that the Friday programme has a special name: 'Mooney Goes Wild'. We regularly hear of interesting and exciting stories about foxes, pine martens, and the birds and the bees. But, have you ever stopped to think of the wildlife that exists WITHIN the human body?

It’s estimated that there are somewhere between 6 and ten billion cells making up the average full grown human body. That is, up to 10,000,000,000 cells. Well, for every one of those cells, it’s estimated that there are more than 10 microbes in or on our body surface. That’s an astonishing 100,000,000,000 bacteria, fungi or viruses associated with each of us. Not such a nice thought, is it?

To find out more, download the Mooney app, for iPhone and Android phones, to read the rest of Terry's article, and much more!

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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