Mooney Goes Wild, Sunday January 29th 2017

This year's Dawn Chorus programme took place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and was a roaring success!  All India Radio producer Monika Gulati sent us a pic of herself sporting our Dawn Chorus beanie!!

May Events

Well whilst our Dawn Chorus programme may have finished for another year, throughout May, events are still taking place around the country to celebrate the beautiful birdsong that our feathered friends provide.  For more information on these events, and on the annual Burren In Bloom festival that takes place from May 18th - 20th, visit our events listings page!  And if you have an event you'd like to let our listeners know about, e-mail

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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.

On Mooney Goes Wild tonight...

In this special edition of the programme, we find out more about roosting starlings and rooks!  Where do birds roost - and why?  Derek Mooney teams up Richard Collins and Eugene Dunbar (from BirdWatch Ireland) at Lough Ennell in Co. Westmeath, as they find out about the marvellous starling murmurations that can be viewed there.  And in the nearby village of Kilbeggan, Terry Flanagan talks to local man TP O'Gorman, and Eanna chats to ornithologist Eric Dempsey, about the numerous amount of crows that can be found roosting there...

Google map showing locations visited in this programme (marked in red)

Top left: Richard Collins and Eugene Dunbar; Top right: Tom O'Callaghan, Eugene Dunbar and Richard Collins; Bottom: photo of a Starling by Michael Finn / BirdWatch Ireland (

Top left: Eric Dempsey and Eanna ni Lamhna; Top middle: rook roosting in Kilbeggan; Top right: Eanna ni Lamhna, Eric Dempsey and Terry Flanagan; Bottom: photo of a Rook by Ronnie Martin / BirdWatch Ireland (

***We're Looking For Your Starling Murmuration Footage For TV!***

Do you have any photos or videos of starling murmurations?  We would love to share them!  Derek will be appearing on the Today programme on RTÉ One television during the week, to talk about starling murmurations, so if you would like YOUR photos and videos of starling murmurations to appear on TV, then just send them in to us!  E-mail, and as well as sending in your footage, please tell us your name, where the murmuration happened, when you saw it, what time of day it occured, where you're from and your contact details.  Please note that there is no fee, but we will credit you!

Here are just a small sample of some of the beautiful photos and videos you have sent in to us so far!

Murmuration in Ennis, Co. Clare - photo by John Kelly

Murmuration in Ballywilliam, Co. Wexford - photos by Edward Delaney

Brian Carruthers sent us this amazing video of a starling murmuration over Lough Ennell; he writes "from December through to February, try the area around Lilliput Adventure Centre, located in Johnathan Swift Park, on the shores of Lough Ennell, 10 minutes from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and approximately one hour from Dublin.  To be in with a good chance of viewing them, be there one hour before complete sunset on a calm evening, It is a magnificent sight to behold, one of nature's triumphs.  The video included does not do the action justice, we were told we missed the main action by 15-30mins , but still enjoyed the event unfolding!"

The folks behind the Athlone Town Facebook page sent us this link of a starling murmuration in the town: 

Gustavo Zoladz sent us a link to this video he filmed of a murmuration on Lough Ennell.

To listen back to the 2015 Mooney Goes Wild documentary Starlings, visit, and for further information on starling murmurations, visit

For an archived version of our Starlings factsheet, visit

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To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.


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