Mooney Goes Wild Monday 18 June 2018

Four Tips For Feeding Hungry Birds In Cold Weather

This is a tough time for birds.  Keen gardeners will know that their natural food source has been depleted, leaving our feathered friends struggling to find food.  They need all the help they can get. Learn more about feeding birds by clicking here for tips for feeding hungry birds in cold weather.



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Mooney Goes Wild

Mooney Goes Wild

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

Fishing for plastics at Clogherhead

Fishing for plastics at Clogherhead

Ireland’s seafood development agency, Bord Iascaigh Mhara launched the Fishing for Litter campaign in 2015. The scheme encourages Irish fishermen to collect plastics at sea in an attempt to reduce increasing volumes of marine rubbish. Jim O’Toole is CEO of Bord Iascaigh Mhara spoke to Derek about Sea Fest...

For more info on Sea Fest, click here



We had a very special feature on the programme a couple of months ago and it came from a private estate in County Wicklow.  It was the Great Spotted Woodpecker – its machine gun-like-staccato increasingly heard in forested areas across much of Leinster... and parts of Ulster.  

Declan Murphy is a well known wildlife author and speaker. He has such a strong fascination with woodpeckers that he created a hide... from where he observed them over a period of time, culminating in the writing of his book ‘A Life in the Trees'. 

Declan spoke to us this evening from the hide, along the banks of the Avonmore River in Co Wicklow ...  

Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather by Tessa Boase

Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather by Tessa Boase

Emmeline Pankhurst was a distinctive firebrand - less than 5 feet tall, her shoe size just 3 and a half, and she wore a single, purple ostrich feather in her hat. Mrs Pankhurst was never without her plumage.

Twelve years before the suffragette movement began dominating headlines around the world, another very different but equally strident women’s campaign was making an impact.  Its aim was radical: to stamp out the fashion for feathers in hats. 
Its lead character was Etta Lemon, and she was anti-fashion, anti-feminist – and anti-suffrage.   

Mrs Lemon has been largely forgotten by history, but her mighty society lives on – it is the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe – the RSPB, or Royal Society of the Protection of Birds.   
A new book "Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather" tells the story of these two great women. It’s author is Tessa Boase who spoke with Derek from Hastings on the south coast of England...   

Water Voles Glasgow

Water Voles Glasgow

Water voles are considered to be one of the fastest declining mammal species in Britain. But, the discovery of thriving populations of water voles in dry and residential areas of Glasgow away from traditional habitat is quite a find and could even be of national significance. 

Euan McIlwraith is presenter of Radio Scotland’s rural affairs programme "Out of Doors". Euan spoke from his back garden in the rural Aberdeenshire...    


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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