Mooney Goes Wild, Monday May 7th 2018

This year's Dawn Chorus programme took place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and was a roaring success!  All India Radio producer Monika Gulati sent us a pic of herself sporting our Dawn Chorus beanie!!

May Events

Well whilst our Dawn Chorus programme may have finished for another year, throughout May, events are still taking place around the country to celebrate the beautiful birdsong that our feathered friends provide.  For more information on these events, and on the annual Burren In Bloom festival that takes place from May 18th - 20th, visit our events listings page!  And if you have an event you'd like to let our listeners know about, e-mail

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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.

Mooney Goes Wild

Mooney Goes Wild

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

A Weekend Of Wildlife!

What a wonderful weekend of wildlife programming we had!

On Friday night, Derek and Sinéad Kennedy presented a television programme called Turf Life - A Day On The Bog (if you missed it, click here to watch it on the RTÉ Player until June 3rd 2018).  In the programme, presented from Lough Boora Bog in Co Offaly, Derek Mooney and Sinéad Kennedy examined the current uses of Irish bogs as well as their future potential in helping fight climate change.

On Saturday night, we looked ahead to a night of birdsong in the radio programme Dawn Chorus Preview, featuring our friends in Australia, ABC's Dr. Ann Jones and BirdlLfe Australia's Gary Howling.

Then from midnight on Sunday came the epic Dawn Chorus radio programme; seven hours in duration, and featuring contributions from 22 locations across Europe and India!

At 6pm on Sunday evening, Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan brought us a fascinating documentary about one of the stars of the Dawn Chorus, The Blackbird!

And then at 6.30pm on RTÉ One: Nature Live, one of the most ambitious and successful live nature programmes broadcast on television.  Hosted from the centre of Dublin by Derek, it featured live link-ups with television crews in Norway, Romania, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, and the Blasket Islands. (If you missed Nature Live, live, or if you'd like to rewatch it, then click here to visit the RTÉ Player, where you can watch it again until June 5th 2018).

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


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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