Mooney Goes Wild Sunday 4 March 2018



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Mooney Goes Wild

Mooney Goes Wild

Derek Mooney and guests explore the natural world in all its forms.

Cold Birds

Cold Birds

Jim Wilson reports on how the birds are faring during the Beast from the East and this late winter...

Giant Squid

Giant Squid

Giant squid remain one of the most enigmatic animals on the planet, and one of mythic proportions.  

The Giant Squid recently acquired by the National History museum in Dublin isn’t quite that big - measuring in at a meagre 5.8 meters. 

It was caught 118 miles off the Kerry coast - after it found its way into shallower waters than the abyssal depths in which squid normally dwell.

Only seven of these  rare specimens have been recorded in Irish waters since records began almost 350 years ago.

It’s currently in refrigerated storage at a secret facility in Dublin, where Richard Collins met with Paolo Viscardi, Zoology Curator with the Natural History Museum... 



Right now most are still hiding underneath stones, old logs and deep within hedgerows... but very soon, if not already, the Jeremy Fishers of this world will be emerging from winter hibernation and embracing the breeding season with full gusto.  The males will be striking up a chorus of loud croaking to attract females, one of nature’s most distinctive sounds, heralding the arrival of Spring.  

To discover more about the Common frog in this country and what this latest research could mean... Sheila O’Callaghan has been out to the grounds of University College Dublin to meet Rob Gandola, senior science officer at the  Herpetological Society of Ireland... 


Terry Flanagan talks about urban photography with Michael Keating in Dublin 


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 read the Heritage Bill 2016, as passed by Dáil Éireann on July 5th 2018, click here.  To read the Heritage Act 2018, click here.

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

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.


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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