Mooney Goes Wild, Sunday June 18th 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...

We pay tribute to Dick Warner, one of Ireland's foremost naturalists, who died on Friday, June 16th.  In addition to his acclaimed television work (including Waterways), Dick was also a mentor to many of the Mooney Goes Wild team.  President Michael D. Higgins lead the tributes, saying Dick was "a dedicated environmentalist as well as a wonderful filmmaker, and his beautiful work on the canals of Ireland was outstanding".  Tonight, we'll enjoy Dick's RTÉ Radio 1 documentary Swansong Of A Toad, as some of the Mooney Goes Wild regular contributors bring us their memories of working alongside Dick...

For more information on Dick's Waterways series, visit

Swansong Of A Toad

Dick Warner travels to west Kerry, one of the last habitats of the natterjack toad.  He soon discovers that the toads are in a battle for survival - Is it too late? (First broadcast in 1990)

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.

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


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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



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