Mooney Goes Wild Sunday 4 March 2018

Second Chance Sundays

Over the coming weeks, we'll be giving you another chance to hear some of our Mooney Goes Wild programmes uncovered from the radio archive here in RTÉ. Please tune into RTÉ Radio 1 Sunday nights at 6pm. Click the links below for more information. 

24th March 2019, (6pm), The Dance of the Cuckoos - Mooney Goes Wild Special 

31st March 2019, (6pm), The Blue Whale - Mooney Goes Wild Special

07th April 2019, (6pm), Feathers - Mooney Goes Wild Special

14th April 2019, (6pm), Bergen Whale - Mooney Goes Wild Special

21st April 2019, (6pm), Sparrows  - Mooney Goes Wild Special 

28th April 2019, (6pm), Wildlife Film Makers - Mooney Goes Wild Special 

05th May 2019, (6pm), The Wren (More Detail Soon) - Mooney Goes Wild Special 

Dawn Chorus 2019

The 24th Dawn Chorus will take place on Sunday, May 5th 2019 

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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 


Statement from BirdWatch Ireland, Thurs Feb 28th 2019:

BirdWatch Ireland wishes to remind the public, local authorities and contractors that hedge-cutting is NOT permitted between 1st March and 31st August inclusive, except in the case of any of the derogations permitted under the Wildlife Act 1976, as amended. The Heritage Act 2018 gives the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the power to make certain changes to these dates, but it is important to note that, as yet, the Minister has not done so. As a result, the usual dates when hedge-cutting is prohibited currently remain unchanged.

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

Series Producer: Ana Leddy


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