Mooney Goes Wild, Monday May 7th 2018



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Mooney Goes Wild

Mooney Goes Wild

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

Red Squirrels

Red Squirrels

Where did our red squirrels come from, and can they survive this century? 
Dr Denise O’Meara is a lecturer at the Waterford Institute of Technology.  Denise has carried out new research into the remarkable genetic diversity of red squirrels in Ireland.  She spoke on the programme about her studies.  

A Blue Lobster

A Blue Lobster

When an 8-year-old was out walking on the beach in Donabate, North Dublin - he happened upon a one-in-two-million. That’s right. A bright blue lobster was spotted. A blue lobster is an exceptionally rare complexion in these marine crustaceans. Odd also given that lobsters normally reside on the sea floor – what was he doing on Donabate Beach? Richard Collins went along to meet with Paolo Viscardi - Curator for Zoology at the Natural History Museum....

The PURE project

The PURE project

For over 10 years now a growing group of dedicated locals in Co. Wicklow have been working hard to restore the Garden County to its former glory. The PURE project (Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments) as it is known, has in the last 10 years collected the equivalent of 400,000 bags of rubbish that was illegally dumped, and to put that amount in perspective, if placed in a line, those bags of rubbish would stretch from Dublin to Dingle!

Another recent initiative of this group is the PURE MILE. This involves locals and groups living in rural areas adopting a mile of road. They keep this section litter free, research information about their local wild flowers, animals, history, and the folklore of the area. This project has been the perfect opportunity for these communities and groups to contribute positively to their locality.

Terry Flanagan headed down to Co. Wicklow where he met up with the PURE Project Manager Ian Davis…


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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