Mooney Goes Wild Sunday 11 March 2018



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Mooney Goes Wild

Mooney Goes Wild

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

March Hares

March Hares

A few weeks ago we featured a story about the abundance of hares at Dublin Airport and how they’re being translocated to more appropriate habitats.

But whilst their population might be thriving round the runways – their numbers elsewhere in the country are dwindling - so we thought we should take a closer look at Ireland’s oldest mammal which dates back 28,000 years.

Terry Flanagan, travelled to Co. Mayo and met up with Dr. Karina Dingerkus who is an Ecologist with a PhD on the ecology and distribution of the Irish hare.



Niall Hatch and Derek talk about the complex matter of hedgecutting in Ireland.

Ireland's Native Woodlands

Ireland's Native Woodlands

A new publication by ecologist John Cross and forester Kevin Collins presents a vision for Ireland’s native forests, and a roadmap for their preservation and expansion. The book is called 'Management Guidelines for Ireland's Native Woodlands'. Éanna Ní Lamhna went for a walk in Enniskerry Co Wicklow.



Where would we be without bees? They are arguably the most important species to our continued survival.  Some argue that if bees disappeared off the face of the earth, mankind would die off in a matter of years.

Some EU countries have seen a decline in bee colonies of more than 50%. Thus, MEPS are calling for increased support for beekeepers, the banning of harmful pesticides, more investment in developing safe bee drugs, and a clampdown on imports of fake honey. Philip McCabe is President of APIMONDIA – Bees Of The World.               

Mary Montaut, Kilternan Beekeepers Association

One morning, earlier this week, one of our producers on Mooney Goes Wild, Sheila O’Callaghan, arrived in the office and she was telling us about something unusual she’d spotted just that day.  Not only does Sheila immerse herself in the world of wildlife on this show, she’s been bitten by the bug in her home life too.  Or in this case, it’s more a case of being stung by a bee... and Sheila has been speaking with Mary Montaut from Kilternan Beekeepers Association and of An Beachaire, the magazine for Irish beekeepers ...


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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