Mooney Goes Wild Monday 25 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.

'Mrs Moreau's Warbler' - Stephen Moss

'Mrs Moreau's Warbler' - Stephen Moss

Where do birds get their names? The words we use to name birds are some of the most lyrical and evocative in the English language. They also tell incredible stories: of epic expeditions, fierce battles between rival ornithologists, momentous historical events and touching romantic gestures. Author Stephen Moss talks about the origins of birds' names and his book 'Mrs Moreau's Warbler'. 



Slugs & Snails

Slugs & Snails

In Ireland we have about forty species of slugs and eighty species of snails, they come in all shapes and sizes and prefer a variety of habitats across the country. Dr Maria Long, an ecologist at Trinity College Dublin spoke to Derek from the shores of Rinn Lough in County Leitrim...

Derek also spoke with a listener Noel who had advice for dealing with slugs and such in your garden.... 



Irish bumblebee populations have fallen to their lowest level since monitoring began, with a marked loss in critical native species, according to latest figures. Of our 98 native wild bee species, around one-third is now threatened with extinction. The declines are confirmed by the All-Ireland Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme co-ordinated by Dr Tomás Murray, senior ecologist at the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Co Waterford. Tomás spoke with Derek and Richard this evening... 

Celtic Mist

Celtic Mist

Simon Berrow has an update on the Celtic Mist's journey in Iceland! For more info on the journey, Iceland, whales and more visit


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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