Mooney Goes Wild Sunday 22 October 2017

Dawn Chorus 2018

This year's Dawn Chorus programme will take place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and will be broadcast from across Europe and beyond between midnight and 7am!  For more information, click here.

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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.

Events & Listings

Click here for a full list of events taking place around the country, and movies currently on release, which might be of interest to wildlife lovers!

Nature LIVE

On Sunday May 6th, 2018, RTÉ's Wild Island season goes international as Derek Mooney hosts one of the most ambitious LIVE natural history programmes ever undertaken. Broadcasting live from six countries across Europe, Nature LIVE will showcase some of the continents most extraordinary wildlife, from Polar Bears in the Norwegian Arctic to Flamingoes in southern Spain to Basking Sharks off the west of Ireland. This one-hour special will be anchored by RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney from the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey, with wildlife film-maker Colin Stafford-Johnson on the Blasket Islands.

Viewers can take part by sharing their own pictures and videos of nature and wildlife using #naturelive from wherever they live in Europe.


We have a limited number of audience tickets for this live event. Apply for tickets by email to

Location: Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin

Date: Sunday 6th May 2018 

Time: 16.30 - 18.00      

*Gates close at 16.45!

Please note that this is an unseated event and outdoors so you will need to wear appropriate clothing for the Irish weather. We need the following information: The number of tickets you are applying for. Your name, surname, age contact phone number and address. The names, surnames and ages of your guests.

*Unfortunately we cannot accommodate for Children under 12yrs. All minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult/guardian

Tickets are limited so first come first served!

On Mooney goes wild tonight ...

On Mooney goes wild tonight ...

Eric Dempsey of Bird Ireland joins Derek and tells him what happens when wild birds turn up in weird places.

And we visited Ireland's first-ever bat bridge over Galway's newest motorway - constructed specially to conserve the Lesser Horseshoe bat. 

Hurricane Winds

On Monday this week a very angry Ophelia swept in off the south west coast of Ireland wreaking havoc to all in its path and leaving a trail of destruction. As we know the cost in terms of human life was high, many near misses were also reported and the cost of nation-wide damage is yet to be accurately assessed with many communities still without power. 

So how do animals fare when hurricanes hit?

In studio Derek spoke with Eric Dempsey, Éanna Ní Lamhna and Richard Collins. 

Bat Bridge

Derek visited Ireland's first-ever bat bridge over Galway's newest motorway - constructed specially to conserve the Lesser Horseshoe bat. 

The lesser Horseshoe Bat one of the smallest mammals in Ireland gets its name from the horseshoe-shaped flap of skin which surrounds its nostrils. 

Derek traveled to the new bridge a couple of miles north of Gort and met with Ecological Consultant Tina Aughney of Bat Eco Services. 

John Bradley

John Bradley

John Bradley is Manager of the Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve and he joined Derek on the phone to tell him How did "Hula" the whooper swam come to be at Frampton March.

The whooper swan suffered a damaged wing and was unable to make the annual 2,000-mile round trip from Frampton March Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire to Iceland with its family. Her "friends" joined Hula there around Oct 6th – after the story was published by the BBC. They are currently all together  and there's about 15 swans, but probably more will come as usually have a winter flock of about 50 swans at Frampton.

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.


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



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Presenter: Derek Mooney


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