Monday, April 29th 2013

***MOONEY GOES WILD NOMINATED FOR 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 they will take place later this year.  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 that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, 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 today...

On Mooney today...

Brenda Donohue meets the motorcyclists who provide a life saving service for hospitals, Ramona Nicholas tells us about her investments in Dragons' Den and we’re looking for three players for our Monday quiz...

DAWN CHORUS 2013

DAWN CHORUS 2013

Join the Mooney Goes Wild team on Sunday, May 5th 2013, from 00:00 - 06:00, for the Annual Dawn Chorus from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, Co. Cork.

The documentaries that will be broadcast during Dawn Chorus are:

00:00 - 01:00   Carl Linnaeus

01:00 - 02:00   The American Alligator

02:00 - 03:00   The Black-tailed Godwit

03:00 - 04:00   Rainforests of Costa Rica

For more information about the Dawn Chorus, click here.

Unusual Bird Nest Sites!

We will be launching Nestwatch 2013 very shortly, and many of you have contacted us to tell us about the strange places that you have found birds nesting! So we want to find out about the most unusual nest sites in the country! Please send in your photos by e-mail to mooney@rte.ie, and we'll put them up on the website! This is not a competition, and there aren't any prizes, but we will credit your photos!

MOONEY'S EUROVISION MELODIES

In advance of the 58th Eurovision Song Contest (May 14th – 18th, Malmö, Sweden), indulge your Eurovision fever with Derek and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra!

Mooney's Eurovision Melodies will take place in the Main Auditorium at the National Concert Hall on Thursday, May 9th at 8pm, and joining the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be Eurovision legends Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington and more...

A nostalgic celebration of the heady days of Ireland’s past success in Eurovision and in anticipation of future glory (!), the programme will include What’s Another Year?, In Your Eyes, Volare, Rock’n’Roll Kids ... and there may be a few surprises!

Prices range from €13.50 to €39.50, and there is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. To book, click here or call the NCH Box Office on 01 417-0000.

Secrets Of The Irish Landscape

Next month, a new three-part series examines the changing geology of the island of Ireland.

16,000 years ago, Ireland was a land covered in ice, uninhabitable to both humans and animals. So how did Ireland go from being a frozen country to the green and pleasant land of today? In this new series, Derek Mooney pieces together the clues to uncover the Secrets Of The Irish Landscape...

Secrets Of The Irish Landscape starts on Sunday, May 5th at 18:30 on RTÉ One.

Click here to view the series trailer: 

FOLLOW-UP: Neonicotinoids Linked To Dwindling Bee Populations In Europe

Philip McCabe, Public Relations Office with the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations and President of the European Commission for Apimondia, joins us with the latest...

The Dutch Coronation Song

The new Dutch king will be inaugurated tomorrow - but the song written to mark the event has been causing some controversy amongst his new subjects...

Hospital Bikers

What comes to mind when you think bikers? Hairy, leather-clad hellraisers?

Then meet the ones who are volunteering to save lives; they are not Hell’s Angels, they are Heaven’s Angels!

Seventeen bikers, from all kinds of backgrounds and professions, have come together to form Blood Bike West.

Brenda donned her leathers and met up with some of them, including Mike Carthy, who explained to her what Blood Bike West is all about...

If you would like to find out more info on Blood Bike West, then visit www.bloodbikewest.ie.

Dragons' Den: Ramona Nicholas

Dragons' Den: Ramona Nicholas

If you were watching Dragons' Den last night, you might have been overcome by a wave of positivity about the future of Irish business.

Last night's programme was a special episode, entitled Junior Dragons' Den, and it featured a seriously impressive array of business talent, all of whom were actually school-going children!

One of the Dragons in the Den was Ramona Nicholas, a woman who takes a lot of impressing! But last night, two young girls stepped up to the plate in real style.

Aine Murray, aged 13, and Kaitlin Murray, aged 14, both students from North Dublin, went down a treat with Ramona, as they presented their ecostyle bags. Ramona joins Derek and Brenda in studio today to tell us why she wasn't just impressed, but was kicking herself that she hadn't come up with the idea herself!

Mooney’s Monday Quiz

It’s Monday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?

Well, “Mooney’s Monday Quiz” of course!!!

And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

To celebrate their new ‘Walking Holidays’, the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, Co Clare have given us a 2-night weekend break for 2 people sharing one room.

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings, a guided Burren walk with Tony Kirby of ‘Heart of Burren Walks’ – and a packed lunch!

When you get back from your walk you have dinner included on a night of your choice in either the hotel’s Brendan O’Regan room or the Town Hall Bistro.

You can then finish off your night with some traditional Irish music in the Poet’s Corner.

Well, if that sounds like something you would like to win…..

…we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.

To enter just text your name to 51551, email mooney@rte.ie or call 1850 715 900.

The quiz will take place just after 4pm today.

You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.

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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