Mooney Goes Wild Sunday 11 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 

E-mail: mooney@rte.ie        Facebook: facebook.com/rtenature          Twitter: @NatureRTE

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.

Hedgecutting

Hedgecutting

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.

Bees

Bees

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 ...

Hedgerows

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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 www.irishwildlifematters.ie

Twitter

Facebook

Contact the Show

Presenter: Derek Mooney

Series Producer: Ana Leddy

Schedule

Ways to Listen

Radio
Mobile
Internet
Radio Player
Podcasts
TV