Mooney Goes Wild Monday 4 June 2018

Mooney Goes Wild

Mooney Goes Wild

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

Celtic Mist Humpback Watching

Celtic Mist Humpback Watching

Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group gives an update on the journey of The Celtic Mist vessel from Ireland to Iceland! 

For more information and if you 'd like to track the Celtic Mist, please click here

South Korea and Japan

South Korea and Japan

Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland has just returned from three weeks of wildlife-watching in South Korea and Japan where he saw Orcas, Bears and plenty of seabirds!

Primate Communication

Primate Communication

Dr. Cat Holbaiter speaks to Derek about the language of Chimpanzees. 

Squirrel Colloquium

Squirrel Colloquium

For more than a century, their numbers have been in steep decline, but could the endangered red squirrel be making a surprise comeback?  The resurgence in numbers is thought to be linked to the return of the pine marten, whose growing presence in Ireland is believed to have led to the disappearance of the grey squirrel in several counties in the Midlands. 

This is one of the leading topics being discussed at the eighth International Colloquium on Squirrels which is taking place this week at NUI Galway.  Dr Colin Lawton, a zoologist from the Ryan Institute at the university, is chairing this event. Dr Lawton spoke with Derek...


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.

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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