The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
On Mooney today...
The morning after the night before – Ryan Dolan tells Derek about his Eurovision disappointment. Brenda Donohue reports back from the auditions for Louis Walsh’s new boyband. We find out how our Blue Tits are getting on, and we've got a new NestWatch, following Swallows! Plus: your chance to win a phenomenal trip to New York, Cancún in Mexico and Caribbean cruise!!
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In our Blue Tit nest box, in Derek's garden, we now have six eggs! Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, is in studio to talk us through the latest developments...
Click here to view all the activity in the nest box!
And... we're also now streaming NestWatch 2013 from the most exclusive address in the country: Áras an Uachtaráin. Click here to view all the activity in our Swallow nest!
Last week, Louis Walsh came into studio to tell us about his plans to form a new boyband - one that would rival One Direction.
His search for five young talented men began yesterday in Dublin's Button Factory, where hundreds of hopefuls queued, getting in their last minute practice on their guitars, fixing their hair and sussing out the competition.
Our Brenda Donohue is the queen of anything showbiz! Not only was she there for us, but she also helped Louis out with the judging! She's in Derek today to tell us what she heard...
Ryan Dolan’s valiant attempt at winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo on Saturday night. But far from winning, it was Ireland's fate to come last – 26th out of 26 – gaining only 5 points. Ryan joins Derek in studio today to chat about his whole Eurovision experience, and we also talk to Stuart O'Connor, Ryan's mentor, and the man who produced his performance on Saturday night...
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.
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