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    On Sunday, May 1st 2016, Europe will wake to the sound of bird song, due to a collaboration between RTÉ and EBU Members.  Thanks to EBU members NRK in Norway, the BBC, Radio Moscow and National Public Radio in the Netherlands, Derek and his team at RTÉ will be representing the full splendour of the Dawn Chorus live across the continent, featuring some of Europe’s finest performers in full voice.  Experts will be on hand to explain to listeners what is happening, in real time, and to shed some light on the hidden lives of these amazing birds.  The Dawn Chorus will take place on Sunday, May 1st 2016, from 00:00 - 06:00 (Irish time).  Click here to read more about this exciting and ground-breaking broadcast!

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    Monday, March 18th 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    We hear some of the songs that will represent their countries at Eurovision 2013, and find out what happened when Conor Brady tried to get the Dragons to invest in gourmet dog food!

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    Eurovision 2013: Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2013 & Songs Announced So Far

    On today’s Mooney Bank Holiday Special, Paul G joins Derek and Brenda to preview some of the songs taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Amongst the line up is Sweden’s Robin Stjernberg (pictured), who surprised everyone by winning Melodifestivalen 2013 with the song You, and thus will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö in May.

    We also hear the songs that will represent Austria, Holland, Croatia, Russia, Ireland, Norway, Malta, Armenia, United Kingdom, Finland, France, Spain and Belarus.

    For more on Eurovision 2013 click here: www.eurovision.tv/page/malmo-2013.

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    Dragons' Den: Gourmet Dog Food

    It was all drama on Dragon’s Den (in association with Bank of Ireland) last night. There was cloak and there was dagger and there were tactics fit for Machiavelli himself… Zoologist and canine nutritionist Dr. Conor Brady was pitching his gourmet dog food business to the dragons. And then, Gavin Duffy stunned everybody by questioning the morality of the business. Some of the Dragons were surprised, to say the least, with Gavin’s moral dilemma. But then, just when we think it is all over and all by one Dragon were out, the strangest thing happened - Gavin revealed that his previous comments were merely a ploy to get the best possible deal!

    Conor Brady, Managing Director of Dogs First, joins Derek in studio to tell us what he made of it all!  For more information about the business, visit www.dogsfirst.ie.

    Dragons' Den is on Sundays at 9.30pm on RTÉ One - for more information about the series, and to play the Sixth Dragon, visit www.rte.ie/tv/dragonsden.  To watch the episode again on the RTÉ Player, click here.

    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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