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Mooney Goes Wild

English, Personal stories, 1 seasons, 302 episodes, 4 days 14 hours 6 minutes
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Derek Mooney and guests explore the natural world in all its forms. Listen live every Monday at 10pm on RTÉ Radio 1.
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Just One Leg to Stand On

Jim Wilson spoke to Éadaoin and Ciarán Farrell, Pupils St. Peter’s Secondary School in Passage West, Co. Cork on their reseacrh project which was awarded First Place in the Biological & Ecological Sciences – Intermediate Group category in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2024.
19/02/202411 minutes 34 seconds
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New Year Plant Hunt

Botanist and BSBI’s Ireland Officer Bridget Keehan speaks to Éanna Ní Lamhna about the results of the New Year Plant Hunt of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland.
19/02/20246 minutes 50 seconds
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Climate Heroes Wanted!

Our reporter Terry Flanagan recently met the CEO of Global Action Plan, Hans Zomer, who explained what the Climate Heroes Challenge entails and how people can become involved.
19/02/202410 minutes 17 seconds
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Questions from listeners

Derek and the panel answer listeners questions about Blue Tits banging their heads against a mirror in the garden and when should you not cut your hedges?
19/02/20246 minutes 7 seconds
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Birds and human health

Aimée Gray is General Manager of Agri Aware and she tells us more about her research into the impact of birds on human health.
19/02/202418 minutes 18 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan, Niall Hatch, Éanna Ní Lamhna, Terry Flanagan and Jim Wilson. Topic up for discussion include Blue Tits, hedge cutting, Climate Heroes Challange, birds and human health, birds standing on one leg and a new year plant hunt.
19/02/202454 minutes 15 seconds
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Hold the front page! Frog seen in south Co. Dublin

Our panel discuss the emergence from hibernation of frogs each spring, including the factors that cause them to reappear on different dates in different parts of the country. Given the mild winter we have had, it stands to reason that frogs should be out and about over much of the country in the coming days, if they aren’t already.
12/02/20242 minutes 45 seconds
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Mayflies on Lough Carra

Ken gives us an update on his project to monitor Mayflies and on efforts to ensure that their populations can grow and thrive once more at key strongholds, including Lough Carra in Co. Mayo.
12/02/20243 minutes 34 seconds
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Could we bring the Sturgeon back to Ireland?

Our expert in all things fishy, Ken Whelan, discusses the pros and cons of a potential sturgeon reintroduction campaign in Irish rivers and the benefits to other species, including Salmon.
12/02/202416 minutes 27 seconds
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Great Tits are breeding earlier in the year than they used to

We discuss the Great Tit, a colourful, clever and abundant bird, which range across most of Eurasia and which happen to be the most intensively studied birds in the world.
12/02/20247 minutes 54 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan, Ken Whelan and Niall Hatch. Topics up for dicussion include Common Frogs, the Great Tit, Sturgeon, Salmon and grummpy Snowdrops.
12/02/202454 minutes 3 seconds
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Dinosaur fish in the Dead Zoo

Our roving reporter Terry Flanagan travelled to the Natural History Museum in Dublin to speak to Keeper Paulo Viscardi about the large sturgeon specimen on display in the museum, originally caught in the River Liffey.
12/02/20247 minutes 24 seconds
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Grumpy Snowdrops

Our Researcher Michele Browne paid a visit to the banks of the River Slaney near Tullow in Co. Carlow, where on the 40-acre Altamont Gardens she met with plantsman Robert Miller, who runs the garden centre there and was keen to show Michele some particularly grumpy-faced snowdrops!
12/02/20248 minutes 40 seconds
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Salmon in trouble

Sturgeon are not the only migratory: the also travels long distances between its feeding and spawning waters. A highly celebrated species here in Ireland, sadly it is also an increasingly threatened one. As Ken tells us.
12/02/20246 minutes 23 seconds
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Highlight Show: Mooney Goes Wild Great Big Garden Bird Watch

Nature On One series on Public Holidays and Mooney Goes Wild have teamed up with BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland's largest wildlife conservation charity, to bring you our inaugural live Garden Birdwatch.
05/02/202454 minutes 38 seconds
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Let’s hope the early bird catches the worm

Terry Flanagan brings us news of a pair of Blackbirds in his own garden who have already started the construction of their nest, a rather unexpected occurrence in the month of January.
29/01/202410 minutes
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Singing a different tune

Our panellists also discuss a bird which seems to be visiting garden bird tables and feeders with increasing frequency. The Bullfinch is a beautiful and unobtrusive little bird which especially loves to feed on flowers.
29/01/20242 minutes 46 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan, Jim Wilson, Niall Hatch, Josh Davis and Rob Gandola. Topics up for discussion include; giant penguins, Blackbirds, Bullfinch, The Great Big Garden Bird Watch and Living Classrooms.
29/01/202454 minutes 5 seconds
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Jim Wilson looks forward to our Great Big Garden Birdwatch

Jim joins us to tell us more about what to expect on the big day and to fill us in on some of the most interesting recent avian observations at his bird table.
29/01/20246 minutes 34 seconds
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Giant Penguins once roamed the beaches of New Zealand

Richard Collins speaks to Josh Davis, Digital News Editor with the Natural History Museum in London about this remarkable discovery, how these extinct giant penguins lived and how they compare to their cousins who still swim in the southern oceans today.
29/01/202414 minutes 51 seconds
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Living Classrooms in the Garden County

Terry Flanagan visits Co. Wicklow, the Garden County of Ireland, where he meets up with local resident and wildlife expert Rob Gandola, where they discuss an exciting new project called Living Classrooms.
29/01/202418 minutes 8 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan & Niall Hatch. Topics for discussion include birds in stormy weather, Jays, inedble insects, nature notes and wildlife playing a key role in enhancing the well-being of patients
22/01/202452 minutes 52 seconds
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Marymount Hospital

Researcher Michèle Browne travelled to Marymount University Hospital and Hospice in Cork to see an innovative programme where wildlife in is playing a key role in enhancing the well-being of patients, including those in the end-stages of life.
22/01/202423 minutes 24 seconds
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You’re winding me up: how birds cope with winter storms

The weather here in Ireland has been pretty turbulent of late, we explore how some species of birds deal with high winds better than others, with those that feed mainly on insects and those that must spend the winter at sea generally finding it hardest.
22/01/202411 minutes 29 seconds
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Nature Notes from the Mooney archive

We revisit three of these Nature Notes with the people who wrote them, all of whom will be very familiar to regular Mooney Goes Wild listeners.
22/01/202410 minutes 22 seconds
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Jays and acorns: a never-ending natural cycle

Jay's key strategy for coping with food shortages due to bad winter weather conditions is to plan ahead. Each autumn, Ireland’s Jays collect and bury vast quantities of acorns.
22/01/20246 minutes 21 seconds
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Gearing up for the Great BIG Garden Birdwatch on 5th February

Tune in to RTÉ Radio One from 15:00 this February Bank Holiday Monday to help us celebrate Ireland’s garden birds and the people who survey and conserve them, and don’t forget to let us know what you see on the day.
15/01/202456 seconds
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Cattle Egret feeding on a city street

While on holiday on the Canary Island of Lanzarote recently, our RTÉ colleague Brian Lally sent us a very interesting video he filmed of a bird called a Cattle Egret collecting cockroaches. Terry and Niall discuss these fascinating long-necked, long-legged birds.
15/01/20245 minutes 51 seconds
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Dublin's urban Otter is still in residence

Terry brings us an update on this magnificent mustelid, which is still thrilling visitors to the busy city park with its spectacular swimming displays and its "otterly" unusual tameness around humans.
15/01/20241 minute 21 seconds
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Green Hydrogen

November saw European Hydrogen Week, which gave us the opportunity to speak to Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO of Hydrogen Europe about this exciting new fuel option and what it could mean for our planet.
15/01/202441 minutes 32 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Michael Sheridan, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Terry Flanagan & Niall Hatch
15/01/202450 minutes 36 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Niall Hatch, Jim Wilson, Eric Dempsey, Éanna Ní Lamhna,Conor Macauley and Manchán Magan.
08/01/202453 minutes 5 seconds
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Bird questions from our listeners

We kick off this first Mooney Goes Wild programme of 2024 with a series of questions all about birds, submitted to us by email over the festive period. Programme Researcher Michele Browne puts them to Niall Hatch to see if we can come up with answers for our loyal listeners.
08/01/20245 minutes 37 seconds
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Gearing up for the Great BIG Garden Birdwatch

This February, as part of our Nature On One series on Public Holidays, Mooney Goes Wild will be teaming up with BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest wildlife conservation charity, to bring you our inaugural live Great BIG Garden Birdwatch.
08/01/202420 minutes 49 seconds
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Starling murmurations return to Belfast city skyline

Over the years, we have reported on the amazing spectacle of thousands of Starlings performing their murmurations over Belfast. We speak to RTÉ’s Northern Correspondent Conor Macauley, who has been to the Albert Bridge to see the spectacle for himself.
08/01/20248 minutes 48 seconds
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Wolf-men and Water Hounds: The Myths, Monsters and Magic of Ireland

Author and Documentary maker Manchán Magan has a fantastic new book out that we know a great many Mooney Goes Wild listeners will love. Featuring wonderful illustrations by Steve Doogan, Wolf-men and 'Water Hounds: The Myths, Monsters and Magic of Ireland'.
08/01/202416 minutes 17 seconds
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The Pigeon

For this New Year's Day, we have a special documentary from our Nature On One series entitled 'The Pigeon'. The programme is presented by Terry Flanagan.
01/01/202453 minutes 28 seconds
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The Wren - King of All Birds

Today's Mooney Goes Wild festive special is about a bird that is intimately associated in Irish tradition with St Stephen’s Day: the tiny Wren. As Niall Hatch tells us on tonight’s programme, these feisty little birds punch well above their weight.
26/12/202327 minutes 31 seconds
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The Twelve Days of Christmas

For this Christmas Day, Derek and the team look at the six avian gifts that feature so prominently in the ever-popular festive song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'.
25/12/202358 minutes 8 seconds
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Don’t give pets as presents this Christmas

Andrew Byrne of BrayVet in Co. Wicklow highlights one gift that you should definitely not give: a pet
18/12/20231 minute 43 seconds
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Something "otterly" unexpected in Herbert Park

Nature-enthusiast Gustavo Zoladz and Terry Flanagan admire an otter in an unexpected place, Dublin's Herbert Park.
18/12/202317 minutes 33 seconds
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The Holly and The Ivy

On Christmas Day last year, we broadcast a Mooney Goes Wild special all about the two yuletide plants which feature in one of the most popular Christmas carols. One of the traditional Irish musicians who featured on Vanessa Williams' recording was whistle-player Cormac Breatnach. He talks to Derek Mooney and Éanna Ní Lamhna.
18/12/202314 minutes 8 seconds
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Trees are Good, Trees are Good

Nick Coughlan of RTÉ Junior tells us about the latest batch of the Ireland’s Unreal podcast, presented by Hugh Cooney.
18/12/20232 minutes 6 seconds
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Roadkill: a much bigger problem than we thought

Michele Browne has been investigating the issue of roadkill for us, with some staggering and deeply concerning results.
18/12/202311 minutes 40 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Gustavo Zoladz, Terry Flanagan, Cormac Breatnach, Éanna Ní Lamhna, Niall Hatch, Michele Browne, Andrew Byrne and Nick Coughlan. Topics for discussion include the original Christmas bird, an otter in Herbert Park and the Wren.
18/12/202353 minutes 49 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild Christmas Special

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Researcher Michele Browne, Niall Hatch, Terry Flanagan and Richard Collins for this years Chrsitmas Special.
11/12/202351 minutes 47 seconds
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Helping to get wildlife on the right track

Éanna recently had the pleasure of speaking to a group of Iarnród Éireann workers about the abundance of wildlife that is to be found along Ireland’s railway network.
04/12/20231 minute 59 seconds
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Good news about landmark wildlife gardening book

Our old friend, UK-based wildlife campaigner, naturalist and author (not to mention founder of International Dawn Chorus Day) Chris Baines happened to be in Malahide, Co. Dublin over the weekend. Derek took the opportunity to catch up with him and to hear first-hand some good news about his acclaimed book RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening.
04/12/20232 minutes 23 seconds
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Birds that never fail to turn heads: all about owls

Jim Wilsona and Dr Alan McCarthy, Barn Owl Research Officer with conservation charity BirdWatch Ireland discuss the current influx of Short-eared Owls.
04/12/20237 minutes 49 seconds
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What octopuses can teach us about ourselves

A Netflix documentary has been raising awareness of and public interest in one of the most fascinating and mysterious groups in the animal kingdom. Neuroscientist Dr Amy Courtney, originally from Dublin and now working at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, admits herself that she has become obsessed with octopuses.
04/12/202322 minutes 15 seconds
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Headbanging woodpeckers damaging electricity pylon

According to ESB Networks, woodpecker-damaged electricity poles have emerged as an issue in parts of Ireland's, particularly in the southeast of the country.We discuss this novel issue, the ways in which it might be tackled and how Irish authorities can learn lessons about how to cope with woodpeckers from their counterparts in other countries.
04/12/202311 minutes 13 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Jim Wilson, Niall Hatch and Neuroscientist Dr Amy Courtney. Topics up for discussion include wildlife on the railways. octopuses, great spotted woodpecker, Harpers Island wetlands and Short-eared owls.
04/12/202353 minutes 25 seconds
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Harper’s Island Wetlands in Co. Cork: well worth a visit this winter

Jim joins us from Harper’s Island itself and fills us in on the wildlife that can currently be found there and how to experience and enjoy it at close quarters.
04/12/20235 minutes 54 seconds
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Fungi of Killarney National Park

Louis O’Toole tells us about his newly-published book, 'The Spectacular Fungi of Killarney National Park' and sheds some light on these oft-overlooked organisms.
27/11/20237 minutes 15 seconds
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Full of the joys of spring... in November?

Éanna Ní Lamhna chats to Derek about the wild garlic that's suddenly appeared in her garden and Richard Collins discusses how the jungle-like state of his garden may be impacting the value of his neighbours’ properties.
27/11/20231 minute 17 seconds
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BirdWatch Ireland’s Irish Garden Bird Survey kicks off today

Regular panellist Niall Hatch joins us to chat about two of BirdWatch Ireland's surveys; The Irish Garden Bird Survey & The Irish Staring Murmuration Survey!
27/11/202311 minutes 18 seconds
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Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Eric Dempsey, Niall Hatch & Reporter Terry Flanagan. Topics up for discussion include Wild Garlic, The Irish Garden Bird Survey, The I rish Staring Murmuration Survey and more.
27/11/202353 minutes 29 seconds
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Terry goes batty in Co. Meath!

Our roving reporter Terry Flanagan recently travelled to Slane, Co. Meath to meet up with Dr Niamh Roche from Bat Conservation Ireland to find out more about the biology of bats and the research she will be conducting over the next few months.
27/11/202315 minutes 39 seconds
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Eric goes on a wild goose chase

“Birdman” Eric Dempsey chats to Niall Hatch about the Brent Goose, about the life and times of these remarkable birds: where they come from, what they eat, how they behave and how their population is faring.
27/11/202317 minutes 10 seconds
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Who’s watching whom?

Niall Hatch and Herpetologist Gandola were out recording a report about frogs for RTÉ Radio One’s Nature Nights series when the spotted Sika.
20/11/20239 minutes 14 seconds
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Waxwing lyrical

Éanna Ní Lamhna chats to Derek about the Waxwing.
20/11/20234 minutes 45 seconds
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Niall “boars” us to tears

This week, regular panellist Niall Hatch joins us from the picturesque town of Mandelieu-La-Napoule in the south-east of France, between the Mediterranean coast and the foothills of the Alps to discuss Wild Boars.
20/11/202319 minutes 30 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Terry Flanagan and Niall Hatch. Topics up for discussion include Wild Boars, Short-ear Owls, Waxwigs and Sika's.
20/11/202353 minutes 20 seconds
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Terry and Eric have a hoot on the Wicklow coast

Keen to see his first ever Short-eared Owl, our intrepid roving reporter Terry Flanagan travelled to Newcastle in north-eastern Co. Wicklow. There, he met up with bird expert Eric Dempsey, who had news of not one, not two, not three but four of these amazing avian predators, all within minutes of his house.
20/11/202324 minutes 55 seconds
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Listen back: The Osprey

The first Osprey chicks from a new National Parks and Wildlife Service reintroduction programme were released into the wild in August. Derek Mooney charts their progress.
13/11/202352 minutes 54 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild- Waders

Derek Mooney, Eric Dempsey and Niall Hatch discuss the Wader from Dublin’s Sandymount Strand, one of the most important wader habitats in the country  and find out why Ireland is so vital for their survival.
06/11/202354 minutes 6 seconds
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Nature on One: THE OSPREY

The first Osprey chicks from a new National Parks and Wildlife Service reintroduction programme were released into the wild in August. Derek Mooney charts their progress.
30/10/202347 minutes 10 seconds
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Beaver-y careful: gnaw-it-alls make a return to London!

In this Mooney Goes Wild special we look at the fascinating project that is underway to reintroduce Eurasian Beavers in West London.
23/10/202352 minutes 42 seconds
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Dinosaur feathers were far more similar to those of modern birds than previously thought

Palaeontologist Dr. Tiffany Slater, join us to discuss her research into ancient feathers and to shed new light on some of the most astonishingly constructed objects in all of the natural world.
16/10/202315 minutes 50 seconds
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Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Éanna Ní Lamhna, Niall Hatch, Reporter: Terry Flanagan and Palaeontologist Dr. Tiffany Slater.
16/10/202353 minutes 53 seconds
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Giant Irish Deer in the Natural History Museum

Our Roving Reporter, Biologist Terry Flanagan, recently paid a visit to the "Dead Zoo", where he spoke to Paulo Viscardi, Keeper of the Museum, about the Giant Irish Deer.
16/10/20239 minutes 35 seconds
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Wonders of the Wild: the fantastic new children’s book by Éanna Ní Lamhna

Éanna tells us about her new book which includes interesting facts from Rabbits eating their own poo to the creatures that feed on humans.
16/10/202312 minutes 1 second
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What’s the latest addition to the list of Ireland’s birds?

This week, we put Ornithologist Niall Hatch in the Mastermind hot seat, as we ask him to tell us about the most recent addition to that list: the Cape May Warbler.
16/10/202312 minutes 45 seconds
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Creepy-crawlies in the Dead Zoo

Roving Reporter, Biologist Terry Flanagan, was in Dublin’s Natural History Museum. Founded in 1856, it is tucked away in a quaint Victorian building on Merrion Street. erry tells us more about the museum’s amazing insect collections.
09/10/202338 minutes 59 seconds
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A tap-dancing Herring Gull in Fairview Park

Richard tells Derek how he noticed a lone Herring Gull who was engaged in what can only be described as a bout of tap-dancing.
09/10/20235 minutes 17 seconds
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Airbus Fello’fly: commercial aviation meets avian inspiration

Jonathan Beck is project leader of Airbus Fello’fly. He joins us on tonight’s programme from the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse to tell us more about how wild geese have been the inspiration behind a system that could revolutionise air travel.
09/10/202321 minutes 3 seconds
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Goodnight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite!

We discuss the problem of bed bug infestations and the precautions travellers can take to minimise the risk of bringing home some unwanted souvenirs from their holidays. We also speak to an old friend of the programme, Katriona McFadden, about her own skin-crawling experience with these unpleasant little critters.
09/10/202318 minutes 8 seconds
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Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Éanna Ní Lamhn, Niall Hatch, Reporter: Terry Flanagan, Katriona McFadden and Johnathan Beck, project leader of Airbus Fello’fly.
09/10/202354 minutes 26 seconds
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How many species of bee do we have in Ireland?

For many years on Mooney Goes Wild we consistently said that there were 99 species of Bee in Ireland. These two new arrivals – the Ivy Bee and the Hairy-footed Flower Bee – have brought the Irish bee total to 101 . . . but can Éanna name them all?
02/10/20232 minutes 49 seconds
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Giraffes are supremely elegant and graceful . . . until it’s time to have a drink

Our panellists talk about one of their favourite creatures: the Giraffe. As Richard Collins describes for us, the manner in which our planet’s tallest land animals must splay their legs – essentially looking as though they are trying to do the splits – to reach down to quench their thirst is downright bizarre.
02/10/20231 minute 31 seconds
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Newly arrived Ivy Bee gets naturalists buzzing

Two years ago, a new species of bee arrived in Ireland. The Ivy Bee was discovered in Co. Wexford. our Roving Reporter, Biologist Terry Flanagan, to speak to Francis about Ivy Bees.
02/10/202314 minutes 7 seconds
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How clean are giraffes? Well, some of them are spotless!

To learn more about giraffes and their colouration, we are joined by Declan O’Donovan, Animal Care Manager at Cork’s Fota Wildlife Park. Declan is an expert when it comes to Giraffes.
02/10/202319 minutes 24 seconds
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Early Brent Geese in Co. Waterford?

One of our loyal listeners, Anne Hally, got in touch with the programme to let us know that, while taking a dip at Ardmore, Co. Waterford on 21st September, she spotted a flock of Brent Geese also swimming in the water. She wanted to know whether this was an exceptionally early sighting of these migrant waterfowl.
02/10/20232 minutes 29 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Éanna Ní Lamhna, Niall Hatch, Reporter Terry Flanagan and Declan O’Donovan, Animal Care Manager at Cork’s Fota Wildlife Park
02/10/202353 minutes 56 seconds
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Celebrating Catalan wildlife: the Ebro Delta Birding Festival

Catalonia, has long been regarded as one of the finest birdwatching destinations in all of Europe. It’s also a crucial breeding site, wintering habitat and migration stop-over for enormous numbers of birds.
02/10/20238 minutes 54 seconds
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Going "Nuts about Nature" for SPAR National Tree Day

Ireland has one of the lowest levels of tree cover of any European country. As Éanna tells us on tonight’s programme, this is something that SPAR National Tree Day, which this year takes place on Thursday 5th October, aims to tackle.
02/10/20233 minutes 22 seconds
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"You’re going to need a bigger boat"

Daniel C. Able, Co-author and Professor of Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University spoke to Richard Collins about his new book ' The Lives of Sharks: A Natural History of Shark Life'.
25/09/202321 minutes 3 seconds
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Terry gets stuck in a rut on Howth Head

Two years ago, a herd of Old Irish Goats was introduced onto Howth Head by Fingal County Council in an effort to prevent potentially devastating wildfire outbreaks. The goats’ rutting season is now underway, so last week Terry returned to Howth Head to catch up with Sinead Keane of the Old Irish Goat Society.
25/09/202312 minutes 39 seconds
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Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes (I fear Greeks bearing gifts)

Derek noticed a large number of winged objects coming in his windows at home, and feared that he might have an infestation of insects on his hands. Derek need not have worried. Éanna’s gift has cleared up the mystery: she brought him some birch seeds.
25/09/20237 minutes 32 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna & Richard Collins and Daniel C. Able, Co-author, Professor of Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University and ur Roving Reporter Terry Flanagan. Topics up for discussion include birch seeds, air quality, goats and sharks.
25/09/202353 minutes 29 seconds
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EPA report on Ireland’s air quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the latest iteration of its annual air quality report and it reveals that, while air quality in Ireland is generally good , there are concerning localised issues which lead to poor air quality.
25/09/20236 minutes 2 seconds
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Éanna ploughs her own furrow to promote farming for nature

Éanna spoke to members of the Teagasc team about the value of hedgerows, and particularly native hedgerow plants, to a whole range of wild creatures, including mammals, birds and pollinating insects.
25/09/20235 minutes 4 seconds
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Marine heat waves pose problems for ocean-dwellers

This summer saw sea temperatures off Co. Donegal increase to levels 4°C above normal. While warmer sea temperatures might be pleasant for us humans when we take a dip, it can spell disaster for marine flora and fauna.
18/09/20236 minutes 42 seconds
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Increase in Ocean Sunfish sightings in Irish waters

Dr Olga Lyashevska, formerly of the Atlantic Technological University in Galway and currently of the E-Science Centre in The Netherlands tells us more about the Ocean Sunfish.
18/09/202315 minutes 7 seconds
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Saltwater Dectectives

Marine Biologist Ken Whelan tells Derek all about his Saltwater Dectectives course.
18/09/20233 minutes 21 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Ken Whelan Niall Hatch, Paulo Viscardi, Dr Olga Lyashevsk. and Éanna Ní Lamhna Topics for discussion include migration, marine life and volcanos.
18/09/202353 minutes
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SeaMonitor project: informing marine management

SeaMonitor is a unique marine research project studying the seas around Ireland, Western Scotland and Northern Ireland.
18/09/20238 minutes 11 seconds
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Galapagos volcanic activity reveals secrets of the islands’ remarkable biodiversity

Dr Michael Stock, Assistant Professor in Geochemistry at the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, has recently returned from studying volcanoes in the Galapagos. Éanna Ní Lamhna paid him a visit.
18/09/202313 minutes 50 seconds
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It’s Oh So Quiet

September is a time of year when many of our wild creatures take a bit of a break, or at least keep a lower profile than they have during the preceding months. it’s a busy time of year for many fish, too. Salmon and trout are beginning to mature, for example, which means that thoughts are turning to romance!
18/09/20235 minutes 3 seconds
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Corncrake numbers are on the up

We speak to Dr. John Carey, who manages the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Corncrake Conservation Programme, about the work being done to ensure that this elusive species will have a future in Ireland and how habitat improvement schemes and building relationships with farmers and landowners are vital.
11/09/202313 minutes 13 seconds
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Ducks gone quackers!

Derek spotted two pairs of Mallard ducks, who were clearly having a very vocal disagreement. Our experts discuss what may have been going on and just why these ducks were so agitated.
11/09/20236 minutes 1 second
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Urban foxes "bolder but not cleverer" than rural cousins

Animal behaviourist Blake Morton, who is based at the Department of Psychology of the University of Hull, is the leader of a research team exploring the Red Fox.
11/09/202318 minutes 2 seconds
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Mute Swans moulting in Fairview Park

Dr. Richard Collins was out making the most of the warm weather when he spotted a family of Mute Swans.
11/09/20235 minutes 14 seconds
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How has the recent warm weather impacted wildlife?

The recent spell of unseasonably warm weather may have been welcomed by plenty of people across Ireland, but what do unusually hot September temperatures mean for wildlife? For some animals it can bring benefits, whereas for others it can cause serious problems.
11/09/20233 minutes 42 seconds
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Saltwater Detectives course in Co. Louth: beginning on 16th September

Marine Biologist Ken Whelan quickly dropped into the studio tonight to let us know about the fantastic Saltwater Detectives course that he and his colleagues will be running in Co. Louth over the course of three weekends, for the second year in a row.
11/09/20234 minutes 17 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek spoke to Niall Hatch, Richard Collins, Dr. John Carey and Animal behaviourist Blake Morton.
11/09/202351 minutes 33 seconds
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Ocean Sunfish at the Dead Zoo

Biologist and Roving Reporter Terry Flanagan pays a visit to the "Dead Zoo" speak to Museum Curator Paulo Viscardi about these amazing, almost other-worldly creatures.
04/09/20237 minutes 44 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Niall Hatch and David James, Associate Professor of Entomology at Washington State University, David James and Co-author.
04/09/202353 minutes 36 seconds
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The Lives of Butterflies

Éanna Ní Lamhna speaks to Associate Professor of Entomology at Washington State University, David James, co-author of 'The Lives of Butterflies: a Natural History of our Planet’s Butterfly Life'.
04/09/202317 minutes 56 seconds
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A Blackbird with a frog in its throat

Listener Nora Stuart twice spotted a Blackbird pecking on a frog.
04/09/20235 minutes 37 seconds
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Let Osprey

Derek was present to witness first-hand as Ospreys were released from their holding pens and took their first flights in Irish skies, after be translocated from Norway.
04/09/20237 minutes 48 seconds
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Snail Graveyard

Listener Catríona Maher made a most unexpected discovery: what she described to us as a "snail graveyard". Our panel dicuss what was found.
04/09/20239 minutes 56 seconds
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When is a bird not a bird?

Derek was recently bitten by a Ladybird that had landed on his arm. He didn’t even know that this was something a ladybird could or would do.
28/08/20234 minutes 1 second
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The Return of the Osprey!

We speak to Giles Knight, Environmental Farming Scheme Advisor with Ulster Wildlife, who has been monitoring the Fermanagh Osprey pair for the past three years. We also talk to Dr. Philip Buckley of the NPWS about what this will mean for the Osprey reintroduction programme south of the border.
28/08/202311 minutes 25 seconds
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Birds burrowing into mud?

Éanna recieved a video that shows a group of House Martins apparently burrowing into soil on the shores of Lough Derg. The panel discuss, how the birds were most likely collecting mouthfuls of wet mud to effect repairs to their nests.
28/08/20238 minutes 19 seconds
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Henno, the heron of Fairview Park

Richard Collins was out for a walk with Derek in Dublin’s Fairview Park recently, when they came upon local resident Danny Rafferty feeding a Grey Heron. Danny feeds this particular bird every day and has even given it a name: Henno. Henno the Heron.
28/08/20238 minutes 4 seconds
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Beetles of the World

Max Barclay, Curator of Beetles at the Natural History Museum in London and Co-Author of a new book entitled Beetles of the World: A Natural History speaks with our own resident beetle expert, Éanna Ní Lamhna about his new book.
28/08/202313 minutes 3 seconds
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Ospreys in Co. Louth

Biologist and Roving Reporter Terry Flanagan travelled to Dundalk to meet Peter Phillips of the Louth Branch of BirdWatch Ireland. Peter has erected perches from which he has observed the visiting Ospreys feeding. He is hoping to introduce nesting platforms over the next year or two.
28/08/20237 minutes 1 second
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Niall Hatch, Terry Flanagan,Max Barclay, Co-Author, Giles Knight, Environmental Farming Scheme Advisor, Ulster Wild Life and Dr. Philip Buckley of the NPWS Topics for discussion include House Martins, Ladybirds, Heron's, Ospreys and Beetles.
28/08/202332 minutes 27 seconds
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Listen back: The Puffin

We visit locations from the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare to the Westman Islands, off the southwestern coast of Iceland, to explore the beauty and astonishing adaptations of the Puffins, as well as to see how conservationists are trying to turn the tide so that these unique creatures can have a future.
21/08/202352 minutes 15 seconds
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Pulling a Swift one

Éanna speaks to Tara Adcock, BirdWatch Ireland’s Urban Birds Project Officer, about the efforts underway to help the Swift once again survive, and indeed thrive, in many of its former urban haunts.
14/08/202332 minutes 35 seconds
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Bringing the Osprey back to Ireland

We speak to Dr. Philip Buckley of the NPWS about the reasons why the time is finally right to restore these astonishing apex predators to Ireland’s waterways and we hear a recorded commentary by Dr Duncan John Halley of the moment an Osprey chick was removed from its nest site at the top of a Scot’s pine.
14/08/202311 minutes 59 seconds
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Pollinator gardens and weather stations

What do you do with your garden? Gardens are havens for people with all sorts of interests, as we hear from our panellists on tonight’s programme.
14/08/20236 minutes 57 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joned by Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan, Niall Hatch, Éanna Ní Lamhna and Tara Adcock, BirdWatch Ireland’s Urban Birds Project Officer. Topics up for discussion include Pollinator gardens and weather stations, Swifts and Ospreys.
14/08/202352 minutes 30 seconds
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As pissed as a newt

Richard and Éanna give us the lowdown on the unusual mating habits of Newt's. Niall explains why some salamanders, close relatives of the newts, don’t need to mate at all, and Éanna (who else?) even tells us the origin of the expression "as pissed as a newt"!
07/08/20239 minutes 36 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Éanna Ní Lamhna & Niall Hatch and Terry Flanagan. Topics up for discussion include; the Great Crested Newt, Ring-necked Parakeet and Barrington’s Bird collection.
07/08/202353 minutes 10 seconds
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Alien Invasion: parakeets on the loose

We are joined by Brian Burke of BirdWatch Ireland, who outlines the potential threats that the parakeets pose here in Ireland, should they become fully established in the wild.
07/08/202319 minutes 17 seconds
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Barrington’s Birds

Terry and Richard meet with Paolo Viscardi, Keeper at the in Dublin, to talk about the massive Barrington bird collection, which is housed there today.
07/08/202317 minutes 49 seconds
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The Puffin

we visit locations from the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare to the Westman Islands, off the southwestern coast of Iceland, to explore the beauty and astonishing adaptations of the Puffins, as well as to see how conservationists are trying to turn the tide so that these unique creatures can have a future.
07/08/202345 minutes 53 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan, Éanna Ní Lamhna, Author and Photographer Carsten Krieger and Secretary of The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations. Topics us for discussion include wildlife photography, climate change and Bees.
31/07/20231 hour 4 minutes
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Richard visits the Eye on Nature photo exhibition in Dublin’s National Botanic Gardens

Richard Collins recently took his grandchildren, who are all very keen photographers, to see the Eye on Nature photo exhibition at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin.
31/07/20232 minutes 9 seconds
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Wild Ireland: A Nature Journey from Shore to Peak

Derek spoke to Author Carsten Krieger about his new photography book “Wild Ireland: A Nature Journey from Shore to Peak”
31/07/202314 minutes 17 seconds
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What impact is climate change having on flowering plants?

Our Roving Reporter Terry Flanagan and Author and Naturalist, Declan Murphy took a stroll along the wicklow coastline focusing on two plants that have been effected by climate change.
31/07/202315 minutes 33 seconds
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Everything you wanted to know about Honey Bees

Derek and Eanna spoke to Ken Norton, Secretary of The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations about whats plants are best for pollination.
31/07/202317 minutes 10 seconds
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The Dandelion

In this Mooney Goes Wild documentary, biologist Terry Flanagan discovers why the dandelion deserves our respect.
24/07/202353 minutes 18 seconds
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Bats

Biologist Terry Flanagan dispels the myths and highlights the important roles which bats play in the ecosystem. He also meets the dedicated teams of volunteers that work tirelessly on behalf of these oft-misunderstood creatures.
17/07/202353 minutes 51 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Éanna Ní Lamhna & Niall Hatch, Declan Murphy, Artist and Activist Katie Holten and Eamonn Meskell, who heads up the NPWS White-tailed Eagle Reintroduction Project. Topics for discussion include; Áras an Uachtaráin garden party, Woodpeckers, Language of Trees and bringing lost birds of prey home.
10/07/202354 minutes 29 seconds
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Bringing once-lost birds of prey home to roost

Eamonn Meskell, who heads up the NPWS White-tailed Eagle Reintroduction Project, tells us about the efforts that have been made to return these magnificent creatures – Ireland’s largest native bird of prey – to their rightful place in our landscape.
10/07/202317 minutes 41 seconds
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The Language of Trees

Author, Katie Holten, is an Artist and Activist, born in Ireland and now living in New York City and Ardee, Co. Louth. She joins us to tell us more about the inspirations behind her new book ' The Language of Trees.
10/07/202314 minutes 2 seconds
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Partying the afternoon away at Áras an Uachtaráin

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina host a series of garden parties in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin for community group and Éanna Ní Lamhna tells Derek all about the experience and how she relished the chance to attend in all her finery.
10/07/20232 minutes 2 seconds
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What can we tell from the red on a woodpecker’s head?

Bridget Kinsella, a listener from Co. Wexford approached Derek at Bloom to tell him all about a new avian arrival that she filmed visiting the hanging bird-feeders in her garden. The bird in question is a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
10/07/202319 minutes 42 seconds
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Thank you and farewell to a friend and colleague

While Derek and Éanna were recording tonight’s programme, RTÉ Radio Sound Engineer Síle Ní Bhaoill happened to pop into the studio to say goodbye. Síle will retire soon, after almost 43 years of service with RTÉ.
03/07/202311 minutes 56 seconds
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Humpback Whale spotted in Donegal Bay

James Garvey, the Owner of Rossnowlagh Surf School in Co. Donegal, happened to spot the Humpback Whale in Donegal Bay, an experience he describes as being "a nature lover’s lottery win".
03/07/20239 minutes 56 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins & Éanna Ní Lamhna, Sam Bailey from the National Park and Wild Life Service, Simon Berrow, Irish Whale and Dolphin Group ,James Garvey, the Owner of Rossnowlagh Surf School in Co. Donegal and RTÉ Sound Engineer Síle Ni Bhaoil. Topics to discuss, exterminating predators, Cuckoo's and Whales.
03/07/202354 minutes 28 seconds
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Exterminating non-native predators: can it work?

Éanna outlines how the New Zealand Government has embarked on a campaign to eliminate these non-native mammals from as many of their country’s key conservation zones as possible, with a view to making more habitats free of alien predators.
03/07/20236 minutes 52 seconds
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Cuckoo Migration

Derek spoke to Sam Bailey from the National Park and Wildlife Service about the migration route of the Cuckoo.
03/07/202318 minutes 31 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan, Niall Hatch and Biologist, Filmmaker and Writer Tom Mustill. Topics up for discusion include; Cape Clear Island, Ecolution, RTÉ's Eye on Nature and How to Speak Whale.
26/06/202352 minutes 23 seconds
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How to Speak Whale

We speak with Biologist, Filmmaker and Writer Tom Mustill, author of How to Speak Whale, to whom Biologist and Conservationist Roger Payne was a much-loved friend and mentor.
26/06/202330 minutes 33 seconds
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The Birdwoman of Cape Clear Island

On a recent visit to Cape Clear to record a segment for the upcoming new series of the RTÉ One television programme The Summer Show, Derek also recorded an interview with islander Mary Cadogan.
26/06/20238 minutes 9 seconds
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Introducing the winner of the RTÉ Eye on Nature wildlife photography competition

Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flannagan speaks to Daniel Meehan about his winning photograph, his photographic techniques and his very genuine surprise at coming up trumps amongst such an accomplished group of finalists.
26/06/20236 minutes 48 seconds
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Ecolution podcast: special episode featuring the legendary Jane Goodall

RTÉ jnr Producer, Nicky Coughlan, tells us about a special edition of the Ecolution podcast in which presenter Evie Kenny talks to primatologist Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost expert on Chimpanzees.
26/06/20234 minutes 9 seconds
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Introducing our ten Eye on Nature finalists

Derek spoke to all ten of our finalists about their photo techniques, the subjects of their entries and the inspirations they get from the natural world.
19/06/202320 minutes 8 seconds
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Catching up with the Judges

Our Roving Reporter Terry Flanagan spoke with two other members of our judging panel, award-winning natural history photographer Sheena Jolley and Dr Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, about each of the final ten images. Terry also chats with Nationwide co-presenter Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh.
19/06/202315 minutes 38 seconds
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Wild Musings

Éanna Ní Lamhna spoke to Derek and the panel about her new book 'Wild Musings'.
19/06/202315 minutes 11 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan, Niall Hatch, Ecological Consultant Kendrew Calhoun and Jim Wilson. Topics up for Rathlin Island, Snails in Daffodil heads ,Lapwings, Beluga Whales and the origin of Dogs.
12/06/202353 minutes 51 seconds
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The ancient origins of man’s best friend

Evolutionary geneticist Prof. Greger Larson, a Director at the Palaeogenomics & Bio-Archaeology Research Network at the University of Oxford in the UK. speaks to Richard Collins from Oxford about what is being discovered about the Dogs ultimate origins.
12/06/202318 minutes 20 seconds
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Richard’s Rathlin Reflections

Our own Richard Collins is no stranger to Rathlin, and on tonight’s programme he reflects on his recent trip there.
12/06/20231 minute 14 seconds
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Beluga Whales given sanctuary in Iceland

Niall Natch has made a special report for us from the Beluga Whale Sanctuary, where he spoke with Thora Gisladottir and Jack Willians, a representative of the Sea Life Trust about the island’s two very special cetacean residents.
12/06/202314 minutes 48 seconds
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Giving Lilywhite Lapwings a helping hand

Our Roving Reporter, Terry Flanagan spoke to Keith Earls, a Farmer based in north Co. Kildare about how he with the help of Bird Watch Ireland erected a fence to protect Lapwings in his land from predators.
12/06/20238 minutes 56 seconds
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Snails in daffodil heads

Mary Sommers from Oilgate, Co. Wexford has snails that are congregating in the heads of daffodils in her garden. We were determined to get to the bottom of the mystery for Mary ans who better to ask than Dr. Aidan O'Hanlon, Curator of Entomology at the National Musuem of Ireland and a former snail and slug researcher.
12/06/20238 minutes 13 seconds
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Citroën Power of One

Motoring Journalist Michael Sheridan spoke with designer Nicola Haines and Marketing Manager at Citroën Ireland, Trevor Hunt in the Citroën Power of One showgarden.
05/06/202315 minutes 37 seconds
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The First 5 Garden of Wonder and Discovery

Designers Liat and Oliver Schurmann spoke to Derek Mooney about their key aim when designing this arresting showgarden; namely, to express how important it is for very young children aged five and below.
05/06/20234 minutes 40 seconds
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Green Cities Europe Parklet

Designer Daibhí MacDomhnaill of Áit Urbanism + Landscape tells us green landscaping is hugely beneficial in urban areas, as it helps to cool the cities, filter pollution and provide drainage. By removing 2 or 3 on-street parking spaces, we can free up room for a parklet on the street.
05/06/20234 minutes 36 seconds
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Virtual Haven

Designer Darragh Collopy created an Asian-inspired Irish cottage garden aimed at a nature-loving vegetarian with a passion for biodiversity and meditation.
05/06/20234 minutes 57 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Bord Bia Bloom, Ireland’s largest and most spectacular gardening event. Tonight’s edition of Mooney Goes Wild is a celebration of some of the most ambitious, innovative and inspirational exhibitors and gardeners at the festival.
05/06/202351 minutes 24 seconds
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Embracing the Elements

Benny tells John Bela Reilly on tonight’s programme, he saw an opportunity to combine art and landscape with a sustainable approach to dairy farming.
05/06/20234 minutes 40 seconds
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A Breathing Space for Fingal

Niall Hatch spoke with the designer of the Fingal showgarden, Jane McCorkell, about the key elements of her creation.
05/06/20237 minutes 3 seconds
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The Know, Act, Prevent Garden

As the garden’s designer Declan Mc Kenna discusses with Derek Mooney on tonight’s programme, the planting scheme includes a colourful palette of low toxicity plants.
05/06/20235 minutes 43 seconds
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Nature On One- 'Bats'

In this Nature on One documentary produced by the Mooney Goes Wild team, Biologist Terry Flanagan dispels the myths and highlights the important roles which bats play in the ecosystem. He also meets the dedicated teams of volunteers that work tirelessly on behalf of these oft-misunderstood creatures.
05/06/202347 minutes
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Mooney Goes Wild Dawn Chorus

Derek Mooney and his team explain the history of the Dawn Chorus
29/05/202354 minutes 20 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild- The Bird Conference

On 10th and 11th of March 2023, the 8th Irish Ornithological Research Conference was held at UCC, it represented the first opportunity since Covid began for academics, researchers, conservationists and bird enthusiasts to learn about the latest scientific research into birds. Niall Hatch was on hand during the proceedings in Cork.
22/05/202354 minutes 15 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Éanna discusses her latest book with Derek, are our native Bluebells under threat? we visit land owned by Dereks colleague in Co Wicklow and the Sahnnon Dolphin Project.
15/05/202352 minutes 27 seconds
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Ireland’s native Bluebell: a threatened species?

Botanist Dr. Therese Higgins, a Lecturer in MTU Kerry, speaks to Éanna Ní Lamhna about the potential extinction of one of our native Bluebells.
15/05/202312 minutes 7 seconds
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Extending a welcome to Wicklow’s wildlife

Roving Reporter, Biologist Terry Flanagan. Terry contacted Wicklow-based, Naturalist and Author Declan Murphy to visit a colleague of Derek's Kim Burrows and see the land that he bought in Kildare, while Declan offered some advice
15/05/202311 minutes 39 seconds
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Wild Musings: Éanna’s latest book

Éanna’s latest book, entitled Wild Musings, will shortly be published by Beehive, an imprint of Veritas Publications. She tells us what we can expect from her new tome, which is a must-read for anyone with an interest in Irish wildlife.
15/05/202348 seconds
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Shannon Dolphin Project

IWDG’s Simon Berrow and Mags Daly join us from our studio in Galway to tell us more about the Shannon Dolphin Project which is based out of the Shannon Dolphin Centre in Kilrush, Co. Clare.
15/05/202326 minutes 29 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild Special: The Blackbird

In this documentary, Derek Mooney and biologist Terry Flanagan celebrate the blackbird, and its place in the avian world.
08/05/202353 minutes 24 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Gearing up for the Dawn Chorus, birds named after their songs, introducing Allan Farrell to the Mooney Goes Wild team, bats emerging from hibernation and wildfires in Killarney National Park.
01/05/202351 minutes 48 seconds
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Gearing up for this Sunday’s Dawn Chorus

The panel look ahead at this years The Dawn Chorus, which kicks off on midnight Sunday May 7th.
01/05/20234 minutes 50 seconds
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Introducing Allan Farrell, the new addition to our Dawn Chorus team

In a special report for tonight’s programme, Ornithologist and Broadcaster JimWilson introduces us to Naturalist Allan Farrell from, most fittingly, Cuskinny Marsh, who will be a member of Dawn Chorus team this year.
01/05/20236 minutes 54 seconds
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Bats emerging from hibernation

Biologist and Roving Reporter Terry Flanagan has a particular fondness for bats. To mark their seasonal reappearance in our skies, for tonight’s programme spoke with Dr. Niamh Roche of Bat Conservation Ireland about these amazing flying mammals.
01/05/202310 minutes 20 seconds
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Wildfires in Killarney National Park

On tonight’s programme, we speak to Eamonn Meskell, Regional Manager of the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Southern Division, about the new measures to protect against wildfires at Kilarney National Park.
01/05/202319 minutes 36 seconds
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Birds named after their songs

Derek played a clip of a recent interview with Author, Broadcaster and Television Producer Stephen Moss where he discussed some of the key examples we hope to hear during this year’s Dawn Chorus programme, such as the Chiffchaff and the Corncrake.
01/05/20235 minutes 8 seconds
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Seaweed

Naturalist and proud Corkonian Jim Wilson speaks to aquatic biologist Frances Gallagher, about Irish Seaweed.
24/04/20239 minutes 19 seconds
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Burren in Bloom 2023

Between 28th April and 28th May, the annual celebration of biodiversity called Burren in Bloom will be returning to that unique region of Co. Clare. Pranjali Bhave is Communication Coordinator with the charity Burren Beo and joins us from Kinvara in Co. Galway, right on the edge of the Burren, to tell us more about what is being planned.
24/04/20232 minutes 18 seconds
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Drumming up support in Belfast

Derek travelled to Belvoir Forest Park in Belfast to speak to BBC Radio Ulster producer Jimmy Devlin about the Great Spotted Woodpecker. This bird was formerly absent from Ireland, but is now breeding here in increasing numbers.
24/04/20234 minutes 22 seconds
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New to Ireland: the Ivy Bee

Prof. Francis Ratnieks works at the Laboratory of Apiculture & Social Insects at the University of Sussex in England. He has been studying the recent appearance of the Ivy Bee in Ireland with great interest, he joins us from his home in Sussex to tell us about this new arrival to our shores.
24/04/202319 minutes 6 seconds
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Tulip display at the National Botanic Gardens

Our roving Reporter, Terry Flanagan, is a big fan of Tulips, so we sent him to the Tulips display at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. While there, he spoke to our good friend Dr. Matthew Jebb, the Director of the gardens, about the impressive floral feature.
24/04/20236 minutes 42 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Drumming up support in Belfast ahead of The Dawn Chorus, Song Thrush setting the scene for The Dawn Chorus, a Tulips display at the National Bontanic Gardens, Glasnevin, celebrating soil biodiversity, Irish Seaweed, Burren in Bloom 2023 and the Ivy Bee.
24/04/202354 minutes 30 seconds
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Song Thrush sets the scene for The Dawn Chorus

For our live Dawn Chorus programme on Sunday 7th May, Ornithologist Eric Dempsey will be broadcasting live from BirdWatch Ireland’s East Coast Nature Reserve in Newcastle, Co. Wicklow. Eric gives us a sneak preview of this wonderful bird and its remarkable song.
24/04/20232 minutes 53 seconds
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Celebrating soil biodiversity at UCD

Niall Hatch was at a soil biodiversity conference in UCD. He speaks with Ronald Vargas of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations about his opening address, which was on the theme "Keep our planet alive – protect soil biodiversity".
24/04/20235 minutes 47 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek Mooney and guests explore the natural world in all its forms.
17/04/202351 minutes 19 seconds
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Ring Tail Leamer at Fota Wildlife

Theresa Power, Lead Ranger at Fota Wildlife, spoke about the arival of new Ring Tail Leamers at the park.
17/04/20239 minutes 42 seconds
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Wild Gardens

Éanna and Derek spoke to Naturalist, Chris Baines about wildlife gardening.
17/04/202351 minutes 19 seconds
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French Birds Singing

Niall Hatch is France and discuss the early start to French Dawn Chorus and the types of Birds Niall has come across. Our panel also look ahead at The Dawn Chorus which takes place in the early hours of Sunday 7th May.
17/04/20233 minutes 47 seconds
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Cats killing birds

Our roving Reporter, Terry Flanagan spoke to listener Damien Martin who is having trouble with feral cats in his garden since his dog passed away a how they a decreasing the pupulation of birds in the garden.
17/04/202314 minutes 51 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Protecting our plant and animal life on earth and the measures being introduced, a rare shark found on Wexford shoreline, wild goats helping against gorse fires and exploring the deep sea.
10/04/202354 minutes 12 seconds
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Getting our goats

Due Gorse fires on Howth Head Fingal County Council decided to introduce Irish Goats to feed on Gorse. Our Roving Reporter Terry Flanagan, spoke to council’s goat-herder, Melissa Jeuken, and to Sinead Keane of the Old Irish Goat Society to find out how the animals are getting on.
10/04/202310 minutes 7 seconds
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The Deep Ocean: Life in the Abyss

'The Deep Ocean: Life in the Abyss, an epic excursion into Deep Ocean is co- authored by Louise Allcock, Professor of Zoology, University of Galway chats to Fisheries Scientist Ken Whelan about shining a light on the lives of those denizens of the dark depths.
10/04/202316 minutes 41 seconds
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Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss concludes that "things must change"

Fisheries Scientist Ken Whelan and Niall Hatch disucss the Citizen Assembly final report on Biodiversity Loss which contains159 agreed recommendations
10/04/202313 minutes 7 seconds
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New colour-coded system to reduce impact of dogs on wildlife at North Bull Island

Dublin’s North Bull Island is home to large numbers of vulnerable birds, mammals, invertebrates and plants, its a popular location for dog-walkers, which poses threats to wild animals and sensitive habitats in some areas. On the 30th of April Dublin City Council will introduce some coverservation measures which our panel discuss.
10/04/20232 minutes 17 seconds
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Rare shark washes up in Wexford

We speak to Shark Scientist Dr. Jenny Bortoluzzi about the unexpected appearance of a Smalltooth Sand Tiger Shark, along the Wexford shoreline, and discuss just why a species that is usually confined to tropical and temperate waters has suddenly turned up in Ireland.
10/04/202310 minutes 12 seconds
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The Bird Conference

In March University College Cork hosted the 8th Irish Ornithological Research Conference. Ornithologist Niall Hatch was on hand to capture the atmosphere of The Bird Conference.
10/04/202346 minutes 57 seconds
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Ten Birds that Changed the World

Broadcaster and Televison Producer Stephen Moss discusses his book Ten Birds that Changed the World.
03/04/202324 minutes 31 seconds
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Celebrating the success of National Tree Week

Éanna fills us in on how last month’s arboreal festivities went, as well as why we should all head the key messages of National Tree Week and plant some trees of our own.
03/04/20232 minutes 9 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Celebrating the sucess of National Tree Week, a mystery animal in a Co Offally bog, Ten Birds that Changed the World, Stoats, a bird confernece and where do Seagulls sleep.
03/04/202352 minutes 33 seconds
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Mystery animal on a Co. Offaly bog

Listener Cathal has encountered a large mamal bigger than a Pine Marten while on a walk 5 times since December. Our panel discuss the possability of it being an Otter.
03/04/20236 minutes 17 seconds
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The Bird Conference: looking forward to our Easter Monday documentary

On 10th and 11th of March 2023, the 8th Irish Ornithological Research Conference was held at University College Cork. Niall Hatch was on hand during the proceedings in Cork to make a special documentary all about the event. Called The Bird Conference, it will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio One at 15:00 on Easter Monday, 10th April.
03/04/20234 minutes 45 seconds
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Where do gulls go to sleep?

Co. Meath-based farmer Gerald Potterton has a query concerning where Seagulls go to sleep, Derek and Niall disucss where these gulls might go to spend their nights.
03/04/20232 minutes 8 seconds
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And now for something Stoat-tally different

The Irish Stoat Survey is appealing to the public for help in recording the presence of this special creature across Ireland throughout 2023 and 2024. Ruth Hanniffy, Species Conservation Officer with the Vincent Wildlife Trust, joins us from our Galway studio to tell us more.
03/04/202311 minutes 28 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Niall Hatch, Ecological Consultant Kendrew Calhoun and Jim Wilson. Topics up for discussion this week are Alpine Swift, Swans, Frog legs and The Dawn Chorus.
27/03/202349 minutes 33 seconds
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Alpine Swift "mini-influx"

Spring is the season when birdwatchers are on the lookout for unusual and unexpected species. Our panel discuss how Mid-March this year saw an unprecedented "mini-influx" of a bird called the Alpine Swift.
27/03/20233 minutes 6 seconds
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European appetite for frogs’ legs is driving a biodiversity crisis

Frog legs are not widely eaten here in Ireland, they are a very popular delicacy across Europe, leading to a collapse in Wild Frog populations. Biologist Dr. Sandra Altherr, a Wildlife Trade Expert, German charity Pro Wildlife, discuss the growing problem and to learn more about the urgent need for the rampant trade in wild frogs to be curtailed.
27/03/202313 minutes 55 seconds
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Swanning about: telling Ireland’s swans apart

There are seven species of swan that occur across the globe, three are native to Ireland- Mute Swan, Whooper Swan and the Bewick’s Swan. Richard and Niall discuss these fascinating birds and give us a few pointers on how to identify them.
27/03/20233 minutes 49 seconds
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Call in the reserves

Whooper Swan populations grow 30 times faster when the birds spend the winter in protected areas. We speak to Ecological Consultant Kendrew Calhoun from one of his study-sites at Malin Head in Co. Donegal about the finding that nature reserves can have a major effect on conservation, even when the areas in question are relatively small.
27/03/202317 minutes 56 seconds
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Robin singing at Cuskinny Marsh

Our good friend Jim Wilson was preparing for our ever-popular annual Mooney Goes Wild Dawn Chorus programme which will be broadcasted on Sunday 7th May, when he came across a Robin singing at the entrance to Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve.
27/03/202310 minutes 1 second
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Terry’s tiptoe through the tulips

Our roving Reporter, Biologist Terry Flanagan travelled for a special tour of Commercial Tulip Grower, Noel Ruigrok glasshouses.
20/03/202311 minutes 35 seconds
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The flora and fauna of Lambay

Dr. Matthew Jebb has strong family connections to Lambay. He tells us more about the plants and animals that call this island, the fifth-largest in the Irish Sea, home.
20/03/20238 minutes 5 seconds
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Plant Atlas reveals that Ireland’s botanical heritage is in serious trouble

Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, speaks to our panel from the Dublin isle of Lambay about the atlas’ stark revelations, the botanical conservation priorities now required and the particular vulnerability of island flora.
20/03/202318 minutes 7 seconds
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Invasive hornets: quite the buzzkill

Colette O’Connell, PRO of the Irish Beekeepers’ Association, tells us about the risks that invasive hornets could pose to Honey Bees and other pollinators in Ireland and requests the public’s help in looking out for and reporting these unwelcome insects.
20/03/202314 minutes 41 seconds
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Nature on One 'The Dandelion' Friday 17th March 2023

Join biologist Terry Flanagan of the Mooney Goes Wild team as he delves deep into the world of dandelions and reveals just why there is more to these amazing plants than first meets the eye.
18/03/202345 minutes 11 seconds
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National Tree Week: 19th to 26th March 2023

Éanna fills us in on what to expect from National Tree Week this year, how to participate in one of the numerous tree-themed events that will be taking place during it and, as always, the importance of this annual celebration of all things arboreal.
13/03/20231 minute 56 seconds
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On the trail of otters in Cork city

Naturalist Jim Wilson went to the Cork city’s Christy Ring Bridge to meet with local otter campaigner Chris Moody, a member of the Cork Nature Network and a man with a passion for these captivating aquatic members of the weasel family.
13/03/20238 minutes 59 seconds
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Plant Atlas 2020: stark evidence of botanical declines across Ireland

Éanna attended the launch of Plant Atlas 2020 at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. She tells us more about the sobering trends revealed by the atlas and the steps needed to try to reverse the declines of our native plant species.
13/03/20236 minutes 5 seconds
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Mesmerising murmuration

Mooney Goes Wild listener Daniel Hogan, a Dubliner who now resides in Co. Wexford, tells Derek about his his close encounter with a Starling murmuration that he captured from the shores of Lough Ennell in Co. Westmeath.
13/03/20237 minutes 18 seconds
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8th Irish Ornithological Research Conference at UCC

Mooney Goes Wild panelist Niall Hatch attended the 8th Irish Ornithological Research Conference at UCC and he tells us more about exactly what goes on at such a gathering of bird-researchers.
13/03/20235 minutes 54 seconds
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The Cavan Plantation

Roving reporter, Biologist Terry Flanagan, travelled to Co. Cavan to speak to an award-winning forester Justin Good who has planted 80,000 trees on his land near Belturbet, he tells us more about this ambitious scheme and the benefits it is already bringing to the local ecosystem.
13/03/20236 minutes 11 seconds
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Plant extinction risk: what can we learn from the fossil record?

We speak to Paleoecologist Dr. Karen Bacon of the University of Galway, who studies the ecosystems of the past in order to gather vital clues as to how plants adapt, evolve and go extinct.
13/03/202312 minutes 4 seconds
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Nature on One - the Dandelion

Our Nature on One documentaries kick off on St Patrick's Day at 3pm on RTE Radio One, the Dandelion is presented by Terry Flanagan. It is part of a series of documentaries that will celebrate the different facets of the natural world that form part of the rich tapestry of life.
13/03/202347 seconds
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How sexist bias has hidden the truth about female birdsong

Our panel discusses the sexism and the misogynistic assumptions that have led to female birdsong largely being overlooked and disregarded . . . until now.
06/03/20236 minutes 15 seconds
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An Taisce Spring Clean 2023

We speak to Emlyn Cullen, An Taisce’s National Spring Clean Manager, all about An Taisce’s exciting initiative National Spring Clean 2023, Ireland’s largest anti-litter campaign
06/03/20236 minutes 22 seconds
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What to do if you find a baby goat

We received an email recently from listener Billy Horan, who was walking on Carrauntoohil in Co. Kerry when he came across a new-born kid Goat. Sinéad Keane from the conservation group The Old Irish Goat Society advises us on what to do if you find a baby Goat.
06/03/202313 minutes 48 seconds
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We are often accused of going Cuckoo . . . but in February?

The Cuckoos song is generally only heard in Ireland in April but listener Finbarr Healy from Blackwater, Co Wexford, believes they heard the two note song in February and this is the question he poses to our panel this week- did he hear the Cuckoo singing earlier than usual?
06/03/202311 minutes 3 seconds
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Can we save the common Ash?

Three students from Loretto Convent Balbriggan, namely, Olivia O’Shea, Abigail O’Brien Murray and Erica O’Brien Murray, have been investigating potential solutions to save our Ash trees from Ash Die Back Disease, a disorder caused by fungus.
06/03/202310 minutes 3 seconds
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Aye, aye, Admiral

We love to get challenging questions about wildlife, so we were delighted to receive not one but two of them from loyal listener Kevin Masterson concerning the Red Admiral Butterfly and drake Mandarin Duck , we put the questions to our panel.
27/02/202311 minutes
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Keeping an Eye on Nature with Sheena Jolley, one of our photo competition judges

We speak to acclaimed wildlife photographer Sheena Jolley, one of our three Eye on Nature judges, about how to go about capturing a winning image, the key equipment and techniques to use and the unenviable challenges facing the judges, who have to choose just one overall winner out of so many truly exceptional entries.
27/02/20232 minutes 45 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Niall Hatch and Terry Flanagan. Topics for discussion include: RTÉ Eye on Nature wildlife photo competition, the Red Admiral Butterfly, the Drake Mandarin Duck, European Beavers returning to London, Heritage Keepers Programme and The Barn Owl.
27/02/202352 minutes 3 seconds
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Giving Barn Owls a helping hand in the Garden of Ireland

Our roving reporter Terry Flanagan travelled to the Garden County to speak with Oran O’Sullivan of the Wicklow Barn Owl Group about this important project and what it takes to save this iconic species.
27/02/202310 minutes 17 seconds
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Beavering away in London

Dr. Sean McCormack, chair of the Ealing Wildlife Group, tells us about the beaver reintroduction project that will soon begin at the wonderfully named Paradise Fields in the suburb of Greenford, the challenges that the project has had to overcome and how these remarkable animals may even be able to prevent flooding at a local train station.
27/02/202318 minutes 48 seconds
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Heritage Keepers

On tonight’s programme, Áine Bird, a coordinator with the landscape and community charity Burren Beo, speaks to Éanna about a fantastic free heritage programme call Heritage Keepers and how Mooney Goes Wild listeners can get involved.
27/02/20236 minutes 44 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Niall Hatch and Terry Flanagan. Topics for discussion include: RTÉ Eye on Nature wildlife photo competition, Nature in the pages of the Irish Times, frogspawn, ornithologists flocking to Cork and a 350 million-year-old fossil in Wexford.
20/02/202352 minutes 57 seconds
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350 million-year-old fossilised sea urchins found in Co. Wexford

Derek is joined by Dr. John Murray of the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Galway, co-author of the paper. He speaks about the race to save the fossils from the elements and what this discovery is telling us about the evolution of sea urchins.
20/02/202317 minutes 30 seconds
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Is it too early for frogspawn?

Jane Smith sent us a photo that she took on 10th February in Co. Tipperary of a frog surrounded by freshly laid frogspawn. Jane was wondering whether if the frogspawn had appeared earlier than usual this year, so on tonight’s programme we put the question to herpetologist Rob Gandola.
20/02/202322 minutes 30 seconds
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8th Irish Ornithological Research Conference

We are joined by the chair of the conference, Prof. John Quinn of UCC’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, who tells us more about this landmark ornithological event.
20/02/20234 minutes 9 seconds
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Eye on Nature

Terry Flanagan travelled there to speak to Dr. Matthew Jebb, director of the gardens and one of our three Eye on Nature judges, about this year’s competition, the kinds of entries he is hoping to see and the key elements that set a winning photograph apart.
20/02/20238 minutes 46 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins & Niall Hatch. Topics for discussion include: a discussion about ducks, wolves in Norway, Swan killing a cygnet, a crow taking a smoke-break, Friends of Merlin Woods, the battle of the shrews and a look ahead to 'Eye on Nature 2023'.
13/02/202353 minutes 19 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Panel: Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Niall Hatch & Terry Flanagan. topics for discussion include: Proof that one Swallow does not a summer make, Spring cleaning your nestboxes, Brawling Blackbird, eggs in a flowerpot, Harper’s Island and Has spring already sprung?
06/02/202354 minutes 7 seconds
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What’s under Harper’s Island?

On tonight’s programme, Cork-based ornithologist Jim Wilson goes to University College Cork to speak to Prof. Robert Devoy about what you can tell about the ancient past of Harper’s Island if you dig deep enough . . . quite literally.
06/02/202323 minutes 28 seconds
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Has spring already sprung?

Birds are starting to sing, bees are beginning to buzz and we are noticing the fabled "grand stretch in the evenings". Does this mean that spring is already here, or are we still in the grips of winter?
06/02/202310 minutes 31 seconds
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Putting all your eggs in one . . . flowerpot?

While out shopping recently, Derek met a gentleman called Vivion Hughes who had a strange tale to tell him. Vivion had been perplexed recently to discover that a number of eggs had been buried in flowerpots in his garden. We also received an email from Maggie Moynihan who also found eggs in her garden.
06/02/202320 minutes 8 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild Special - Waders

Of the myriad different bird groups that call Ireland home, it could be argued that the ones known as 'waders' are the most interesting of all.
06/02/202344 minutes 23 seconds
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Zarafa The Giraffe

Zarafa the Giraffe: In 1827, a new craze hit Europe, sparking a media and popular culture frenzy. Her name was Zarafa, and she was the first giraffe ever to set foot on French soil.
30/01/202352 minutes 20 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild - The Wexford Blue Whale

This is the story of Hope also known as the Wexford Blue Whale which became stranded on Swanton Sandbank at the mouth of Wexford Harbour in 1891.
23/01/202354 minutes 31 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild - Dürer's Rhinoceros

In this special one-hour Mooney Goes Wild documentary, we delve into the history of Dürer's Rhinoceros.
16/01/202353 minutes 22 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild Documentary - The Barn Owl

We have a real treat lined up for you, in the form of a Mooney Goes Wild special all about one of the most beloved and iconic night-time creatures of all: the Barn Owl.
09/01/202352 minutes 4 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Niall Hatch and Terry Flanagan. Topics for discussion include: Mooney Goes Wild turns 28, Coastwatch Autumn Shore Survey, Robin road rage, restoring Parkowen Park and the Ecolution podcast.
02/01/202350 minutes 56 seconds
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Waders

Of the myriad different bird groups that call Ireland home, it could be argued that the ones known as 'waders' are the most interesting of all.
31/12/202244 minutes 38 seconds
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Zarafa The Giraffe

Zarafa the Giraffe: In 1827, a new craze hit Europe, sparking a media and popular culture frenzy. Her name was Zarafa, and she was the first giraffe ever to set foot on French soil
26/12/202253 minutes 49 seconds
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The Holly And The Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy: Two native Irish plants have long been synonymous with Christmas celebrations.
25/12/202256 minutes 54 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Join in on the festive fun as Derek and the Mooney team select their favourite Christmas gift ideas.
19/12/202253 minutes 23 seconds
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Education is an essential aspect of conservation

Lynda McSweeney, Head of Education at Fota Wildlife Park, tells us more about her team’s formal education programme, which has expanded from a few hundred students in 1995 to a most impressive 19,000 today.
12/12/202212 minutes 39 seconds
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Fota Wildlife Park: 40 years at the forefront of wildlife education and conservation

Derek, Richard and Niall begin by chatting to Sean McKeown, the park’s director, about its origins, its ethos and the captive breeding programmes that form the core of its conservation work.
12/12/202215 minutes 18 seconds
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Bolstering Ireland’s endangered Corncrake population

In 2012, a new Corncrake conservation programme was set up at Fota Wildlife Park, in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Jess Hodnett is the ranger with responsibility for the Corncrake population at the park, and she joins us on tonight’s programme to tell us more.
12/12/202210 minutes 15 seconds
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Madagascar Pochard: the duck that came back from the dead

On tonight’s programme, Niall Hatch talks to Sean McKeown about this work and the important role captive breeding can play when it comes to saving critically endangered species.
12/12/20224 minutes 12 seconds
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Toads in a hole: boosting national Natterjack numbers

Fota Wildlife Park is playing a key part in boosting Natterjack toad numbers. As part of a joint initiative with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, it has released 6,000 Cork-reared toadlets back into the wild. Fota Wildlife Warden John McLaughlin speaks to our roving reporter Terry Flanagan about this vital conservation project.
12/12/202211 minutes 11 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Niall Hatch and Terry Flanagan. Celebrating 40 years of Fota Wildlife Park, topics include: Bolstering Ireland’s endangered Corncrake population, the Madagascar Pochard, boosting national Natterjack numbers and Education is an essential aspect of conservation.
12/12/202253 minutes 38 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild FULL SHOW

Tonight’s programme consists of a special compilation of the segments produced by Derek Mooney that the Mooney Goes Wild team made for Nature Nights, a week-long series of nature-themed segments that were broadcast on RTÉ Radio One between 31st October and 4th November this year.
05/12/202250 minutes 31 seconds
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Please leave seal pups alone!

Seal pups don’t need any help from us, but human interference can cause them to be orphaned prematurely, meaning they have very little chance for survival. On tonight’s programme, we speak to Melanie Croce of Seal Rescue Ireland.
28/11/202215 minutes 44 seconds
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Irish Garden Bird Survey

Niall Hatch tells us about his hopes for this winter’s survey, which experienced a staggering 72% increase in the number of participating households during Covid. He also tells us about some of the key avian winners and losers, and explains why he hopes that more Mooney Goes Wild listeners than ever before will give the survey a go this winter.
28/11/20226 minutes 34 seconds
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Farming for Nature: we speak to this year’s award winner

Sean Condon is an organic dairy farmer from Crecora, Co. Limerick. Sean is also the winner of this year’s Farming for Nature public award, in recognition of his sterling work to conserve and benefit biodiversity during the course of his work as a busy farmer.
28/11/20226 minutes 54 seconds
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Hidden camera project sheds new light on deer in Co. Wicklow

The impact of Sika and Sika-hybrid deer has formed much of the focus of recent work carried out by PhD student Adam F Smith. Adam set up 40 cameras in Co. Wicklow, in an effort to gain greater insight into the animal species that occur there.
28/11/202215 minutes 26 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild FULL SHOW

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Éanna Ní Lamhna & Niall Hatch. Topics for discussion include: Science Week 2022, deer in Co. Wicklow, Farming for Nature, leave seal pups alone and the Irish Garden Bird Survey.
28/11/202253 minutes 28 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined b Richard Collins, Niall Hatch and Terry Flanagan. Topics for discussion include: the Irish Garden Bird Survey, the Northern Bald Ibis, a Noah’s Ark for Ireland’s plants as well as Albert and the Whale.
21/11/202253 minutes 58 seconds
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A Noah’s Ark for Ireland’s plants

Terry Flanagan visits the botanical gardens in Glasnevin to speak to Dr. Colin Kelleher, who heads up the project, about the rationale behind the seed bank, testing the viability of the seeds being collected and the sheer logistical challenge of storing literally millions of seeds for an indefinite period.
21/11/202216 minutes 33 seconds
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Albert and the Whale

Philip Hoare is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton and an acclaimed author in his own right. Philip’s latest book, entitled Albert and the Whale, is an exploration and celebration of the lengths to which Dürer went in the pursuit of the wonders of nature. He speaks to Dr. Richard Collins.
21/11/202223 minutes 56 seconds
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The bald truth about saving one of Europe’s most endangered birds

Niall Hatch reports for us from Burghausen, on the success and impacts to date of this impressive reintroduction project. There, he speaks to Corinna Esterer, about efforts to bring the Northern Bald Ibis back to its former habitats.
21/11/202213 minutes 27 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild - FULL SHOW

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Éanna Ní Lamhna, Niall Hatch and Terry Flanagan. topics for discussion include: discarded pumpkins, winter-resting, can humans hibernate, Literature and Ireland’s Trees and Pocket forests.
14/11/202253 minutes 3 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild - Monday 7th of November, 2022

Tonight’s programme includes an update on the outbreak of avian influenza, or bird 'flu, that currently poses a grave threat both to wild birds and domestic poultry. The isolated archipelago of St. Kilda, which comprise the westernmost islands of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides and much much more.
07/11/202253 minutes 8 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild: The Barn Owl Documentary

Biologist and roving reporter Terry Flanagan goes in search of this gorgeous bird of prey, long a staple of Irish myths and legends, as well as of RTÉ television each Friday night, thanks to its starring role in the title sequence of The Late Late Show.
31/10/202256 minutes 43 seconds
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Halloween fireworks and their impact on animals

Roving reporter and biologist Terry Flanagan speaks to vet Dr. Andrew Byrne, a long-standing friend of the programme, about the problems that fireworks pose for wild creatures and pets alike at this time each year, as well as ways to try to lessen their impact.
24/10/202212 minutes 20 seconds
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Looking forward to Nature Nights

From Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November, RTÉ Radio One will be turning the airwaves over to wildlife each evening between 22:00 and 23:00. Called Nature Nights, it will be a celebration of nature and biodiversity in Ireland.
24/10/20223 minutes 8 seconds
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Learning more about squirrels in our cities

Richard speaks to Emma Roberts, Head of Research with the Urban Squirrel Survey, about its aims and findings.
24/10/202215 minutes 13 seconds
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Ireland’s biodiversity emergency: reflecting on the Prime Time special

Derek talks to Eanna and Niall about the Primetime Special - Ireland’s biodiversity emergency.
24/10/20229 minutes 39 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Niall Hatch, Richard Collins and Terry Flanagan. Topics for discussion include: Looking forward to Nature Nights, Ireland’s biodiversity emergency, baby Indian Rhinoceros born in Fota, the impact of fireworks on animals and squirrels in our cities.
24/10/202254 minutes 23 seconds
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First ever baby Indian Rhinoceros born in Ireland

We were delighted to see the recent announcement from Cork’s Fota Wildlife Park of a first in its 39-year history, as well as a first for Ireland; a baby Indian Rhinoceros was born there on 19th September 2022, after a gestation period of 16 months, to mother Maya and father Jamil.
24/10/202213 minutes 45 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Niall Hatch and Terry Flanagan. Topics for discussion include: putting gulls on the pill, a white Swallow in Co. Cork, Otherworldly Wonders of Ireland’s Bogs, Deer-rutting season in the Phoenix Park, wild mushrooms and Arthritis in Animals.
17/10/202253 minutes 48 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins, Niall Hatch and Terry Flanagan. Topics for discussion include: What Makes a Bird, National Tree Day, To Return to my Trees, the best school science project ever and Hidden forces in the deep.
10/10/202254 minutes 45 seconds
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Salmon Migration

On tonight’s programme, Ken Whelan speaks to us from the wilds of Greenland, the largest island in the world, where he and a team of scientists are tagging wild Atlantic Salmon to learn more about their incredible migration.
03/10/202227 minutes 42 seconds
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What is this Hooded Crow up to?

While out on a walk recently, Derek came across a very unusual and comical sight which he managed to film with his phone. On tonight’s programme, our panel discusses the extraordinary cleverness of crows and how intelligence and play often go hand-in-hand . . . or should that be wing-in-wing?
03/10/20222 minutes 5 seconds
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Greenland White-fronted Geese

Niall Hatch tells us more about Greenland White-fronted Geese and where to find them over the coming weeks, with the sloblands of Wexford being the most important location for them in the whole world.
03/10/20221 minute 26 seconds
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How trees are helping salmon in Scotland

The planting of trees along the edges of watercourses is one way to help to reverse salmon declines. More trees mean more shade, which in turn means cooler water. Cool water holds more oxygen than warm water, improving the salmons’ breeding success.
03/10/20222 minutes 53 seconds
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Are biologists guilty of gender bias?

We received a letter recently from listener Filimín de Chláir regarding the gender assumptions that are sometimes made about animals on the programme. On tonight’s programme, in response to Filimín’s letter, our panellists discuss gender identity and societal assumptions when it comes to animals.
03/10/20227 minutes 22 seconds
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Taking shape: bog oak sculptures from the Bog of Allen

On tonight’s programme, biologist and roving reporter Terry Flanagan travels to the Bog of Allen to meet Brian O’Loughlin from Rathangan, Co. Kildare. Originally a mushroom farmer, from an early age Brian developed an interest in bog oak.
03/10/202212 minutes 26 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Éanna Ní Lamhna, Richard Collins & Niall Hatch. Topics for discussion include: gender bias in biology, what is the Hooded Crow up to, National Tree Day, bog oak sculptures from the Bog of Allen, trees are helping salmon, a wild goose chase and salmon migration.
03/10/202254 minutes 1 second
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Birds colliding with glass buildings

we discuss why glass can be such a danger to birds. Essentially, when birds see, for example, the sky or trees reflected so clearly and perfectly, they believe they can simply continue flying into that space, then strike the pane at full speed.
12/09/20227 minutes 21 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan & Niall Hatch. Topics for discussion include: Avian Influenza, Owls, Wildflower meadows, The Cailleach and the Cosmic Hare and Birds colliding with glass buildings.
12/09/202254 minutes 18 seconds
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Barn Owls and Wildflower meadow

Biologist and roving reporter Terry Flanagan speaks to John Lusby, Raptor Conservation Officer with BirdWatch Ireland. Terry also meets up with Dr. Una Fitzpatrick, a senior ecologist with the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford to talk about wildflower meadow.
12/09/202215 minutes 9 seconds
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The Cailleach and the Cosmic Hare

Shane Lehane deep interest in the Irish Hare has led him to write a paper entitled the The Cailleach and the Cosmic Hare, and he fills us in on some of the striking folk beliefs that have sprung up around this mysterious and magical creature.
12/09/202224 minutes 2 seconds
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Avian Influenza: an update

Over the past couple of weeks, BirdWatch Ireland and other animal conservation and welfare groups have been receiving hundreds of reports of dead and dying seabirds. Avian flu has arrived.
12/09/20227 minutes 36 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan & Niall Hatch. Topics for discussion include: Avian Influenza, Owls, Wildflower meadows, The Cailleach and the Cosmic Hare and Birds colliding with glass buildings.
11/09/202254 minutes 13 seconds
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Mooney Goes Wild

Derek is joined by Panel: Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan, Matthew Jebb & Niall Hatch. Topic this week include: Flying south for the winter, trees dying in California, evolution may be predictable, disease-causing fungi thriving, Terry goes batty and carnivorous volunteers needed for new dietary study.
05/09/202253 minutes 48 seconds
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Flying south for the winter

Our panellists discuss some of the species that we will soon be bidding a temporary farewell to, as well as those we will shortly be welcoming. (Whitethroat pictured)
05/09/202212 minutes