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  1. Mooney Goes Wild - The Blue Whale Special - 11.02.192019/02/11
    We explore the world of the Blue Whale and Hope, an Irish whale who floundered off Wexford in 1891. Derek travels to London to see her & hears from Nigel Monaghan, keeper of Ireland's Natural History Museum. Richard Sabin, of the British Natural History Museum. Dr. Richard Collins, Researcher Richard Sear and Liz Sheils and Mary Costello.
  2. Mooney Goes Wild - Laurel and Hardy - 04.02.192019/02/04
    Tonight we're joined by Michael Doherty, film critic with the RTÉ Guide. Cobh Carillonneur Adrian Gebruers speaks about his father Staf Gebruers played the theme tune to Laurel and Hardy on their Cork visit in 1953. Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland & Chris Hewson, Senior Research Ecologist with British Trust for Ornithology discuss the Cuckoo bird.
  3. Mooney Goes Wild - Howth Head Webbing, Feeding Robins & Irish Owls 28.01.19 2019/01/28
    On Mooney Goes Wild tonight, we ask where have all the insects gone? Reporter Terry Flanagan investigate a strange webbing on Howth Head. Discovering Irish Owls and feeding Robins throughout winter with Niall Hatch. Derek is joined by Entomologist Eanna Ní Lamhna and Zoologist and Ornithologist Dr Richard Collins.
  4. Mooney Goes Wild - Poo Documentary - 21.01.192019/01/21
    Excrement, dung, droppings or poo, there are several words to describe this waste products which animals, including us humans excrete as an inescapable part of life. The sheer quantity produced around the globe each day beggars belief. Entire eco-systems depend on it. Biologist Terry Flanagan investigates the topic with key experts. rte.ie/mooney
  5. Mooney Goes Wild - Waders Special - Programme Podcast 14.01.192019/01/14
    In our special programme tonight dedicated to Waders. Derek is joined by regular contributor Jim Wilson. Niall Hatch of Bird Watch Ireland. Naturalist and author Eric Dempsey. Reporter Terry Flanagan. Dr. Richard Collins, Zoologist and Ornithologist and Entomologist Eanna Ní Lamhna.
  6. Mooney Goes Wild - Red Kite Special - 07.01.192019/01/07
    Our Mooney Goes Wild panel joined Derek Mooney in the beautiful area of Avoca, County Wicklow with Zoologist and Ornithologist Dr Richard Collins. Entomologist Éanna Ní Lamhna. Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland and Red Kite Project Manager for the Golden Eagle Trust, Marc Ruddock.
  7. The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures2018/12/17
    Tonight's special edition of Mooney Goes Wild comes from the The Royal Institution Of Great Britain, ahead of the broadcast on BBC 4 of their famous Christmas Lectures series. Derek & Dr. Richard Collins, Zoologist and Ornithologist join Prof. Aoife McLysaght, Professor of Genetics at The Smurfit Institute of Genetics in TCD in London
  8. Mooney Goes Wild Christmas Special2018/12/10
    On tonight's programme, we'll be roasting chestnuts on an open fire while dreaming of a white Christmas and if we're lucking jingle-bells rocking the night away with our nearest and dearest. Derek Mooney is joined by Dr. Richard Collins, Eric Dempsey, Sinéad Renshaw, Paul Donnell, Terry Flanagan, Éanna Ni Lamhna, Suzanne Campbell & much much more.
  9. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 03/12/182018/12/03
  10. The Life of Geese2018/12/03
    Around this time of year many people will be ordering their turkey for Christmas dinner. Although, not everyone will be ordering Turkey, Duck or a Goose has its place on the Christmas table. Derek Mooney and Dr. Richard Collins, zoologist and Mooney Goes Wild panelist went to meet Dr. Sean Kent, owner of a Goose farm in Ballyrichard Arklow.
  11. Quill Pens, History and Extinction 2018/12/03
    This December A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is 175 years old. Dickens, like many writers and composers in this era wrote by Quill pen. Derek spoke with Dr. Leon Litvak, Reader in English at Queen's University Belfast and Larry Hanks, one of the founding members of The Pen Museum in Birmingham.
  12. Collins Botanical Bible 2018/11/26
    Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin and Sonya Patel Ellis, writer and author join Derek and our panel of zoologist Dr. Richard Collins, entomologist Eanna ni Lamhna to discuss nature and this new book Collins Botanical Bible.
  13. June Rodgers & Her Fox 2018/11/26
    June Rodgers invited reporter Terry Flanagan into her back garden to unveil the wildlife beneath them.
  14. The Biodiversity Of Cloncrow Bog 2018/11/26
    Reporter Terry Flanagan went to Cloncrow Bog in Tullamore County Offaly to hear about a detailed study carried out on the bog.
  15. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 26/11/182018/11/26
    On MGW tonight: A new book called the Collins Botanical Bible, bio-diversity of Cloncrow Bog and June Rodgers shows us her fox www.rte.ie/mooney
  16. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 19/11/18 - Special - Bird Migration2018/11/19
    Derek Mooney, zoologist Dr. Richard Collins, Niall Hatch (Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland) and author Eric Dempsey (founder of BirdsIreland.com) head to Bull Island to meet Anthony McGeehan, author of 'To The Ends of the Earth', to learn about the fascinating world of bird migration! For more, visit www.rte.ie/mooney
  17. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 12/11/182018/11/12
    On MGW tonight: Documentary Highlights - Starlings; The Rainforests Of Costa Rica; The Dipper; Carl Linnaeus; The Swallow: From Egg To Africa... www.rte.ie/mooney
  18. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 05/11/182018/11/05
    On MGW tonight: Mushrooms After A Drought; Octopus, Squid and Cuttlefish; Fighting Wildlife Crime; Bog Photo Exhibition... www.rte.ie/mooney
  19. Mushrooms After A Drought2018/11/05
    It’s fungi foraging season and this year wild mushrooms are in exceptionally bountiful supply - listener Timothy Morgan has an interesting theory why... www.rte.ie/mooney
  20. Octopus, Squid and Cuttlefish2018/11/05
    Octopus, squid and cuttlefish are the trio with the most complex brains among invertebrates. We plunge into the pages of a new book all about these mysterious creatures with co-author, Professor Louise Allcock of NUI Galway... www.rte.ie/mooney
  21. Fighting Wildlife Crime2018/11/05
    We delve into the wildlife crime underworld with Superintendent Martin Walker who’s co-ordinating a new Garda initiative targeting gangs of poachers, as John Bela Reilly and Niall Hatch find out how much Dubliners know about wildlife crime... www.rte.ie/mooney
  22. Bog Photo Exhibition2018/11/05
    We find out about a new photographic exhibition featuring bog plants and butterflies in and around Cloncrow Bog in Co Westmeath... www.rte.ie/mooney
  23. Elephant Birds2018/10/29
    Imagine an ostrich-like bird that weighed about the same as an adult giraffe. Sounds like the stuff of fantasy? Not so! For about 150 years now, debate about what was the largest bird ever to roam the Earth has been intense - largely due to highly competitive scientists claiming to have discovered a new species of Elephant bird.
  24. Macho Great Tits Bond Quicker With Partner2018/10/29
    It seems that human females are not the only ones holding out for a street-wise, Herculean hero! A groundbreaking new study on Great Tits has found that "macho males bond sooner with a partner, while shyer males hang with the homies" - once again proving the maxim that the early bird always gets the worm!
  25. Dementia Garden2018/10/29
    It may seem like a long time ago now, but one of the exhibits at Bloom 2018 was a dementia-friendly garden. The garden was created by landscape gardener Clive Jones, and it was a big success at the festival.
  26. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 22/10/182018/10/22
    On MGW tonight: Sloths; Wildlife Tours By Canoe; In Memoriam: Philip McCabe... www.rte.ie/mooney
  27. Sloths2018/10/22
    There's a huge design interest in Sloths at present. But what do we actually know about these cute languid mammals? We find out from Judy Avey-Orroyo, co-founder and General Manager of the Sloth Orphanage in Costa Rica, and William Hartson, author of a new book about Sloths. Plus find out how you can WIN a copy of his book! www.rte.ie/mooney
  28. Wildlife Tours By Canoe2018/10/22
    Bridget Nicholas canoes away her cares as she joins the crew behind Adventure Gently, who give guided wildlife canoe tours in Leitrim... www.rte.ie/mooney
  29. In Memoriam: Philip McCabe2018/10/22
    We pay tribute to our friend, colleague, worldwide President of Apimondia, and our very own Beeman: Philip McCabe... www.rte.ie/mooney
  30. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 15/10/182018/10/15
    On MGW tonight: Dippy On Tour; All-Ireland Conker & Cone Championship ... www.rte.ie/mooney
  31. Dippy On Tour2018/10/15
    Derek and Dr. Richard Collins go in search of Dippy the Diplodocus, the distinguished dinosaur from London's Natural History Museum, who is currently touring the UK. and who has most recently taken up residence in Belfast's Ulster Museum... www.rte.ie/mooney
  32. All-Ireland Conker & Cone Championship 2018/10/15
    'Tis the season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and conker fights! MGW reporter Terry Flanagan visits St. Anne's Park in Dublin to find out more about the forthcoming All Ireland Conker and Cone Championship Tournament - and to try his hand at cracking a conker! www.rte.ie/mooney
  33. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 08/10/182018/10/08
    On MGW tonight: Irish Heather Honey; Colin Stafford-Johnson; Dublin Jays... www.rte.ie/mooney
  34. Irish Heather Honey2018/10/08
    Move over Manuka ... it’s hello Irish heather honey - new research from Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin proves that that our own pot packs just as powerful a punch as the cult classic. Prof Jane Stout is in studio to tell us why, as beekeeper Willie O'Byrne and heather grower Larry Doran also join in the chat... www.rte.ie/mooney
  35. Colin Stafford-Johnson2018/10/08
    From the hard-working world of bees to some of the furriest creatures found on our planet: wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson talks to us about the Arctic fox and sea otter, on his return from filming for the forthcoming BBC series First Year On Earth... www.rte.ie/mooney
  36. Dublin Jays2018/10/08
    Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan investigates sightings of an elusive bird – one which always brings a dash of drama and a splash of colour to our gardens, even on the greyest of days: the Jay... www.rte.ie/mooney
  37. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 01/10/182018/10/01
    On MGW tonight: Washington's Black Squirrels; Benny The Beluga In The Thames; Breakthrough In Fight Against Malarial Mosquitoes; Seal Slaps Kayaker In Face With Octopus... www.rte.ie/mooney
  38. Washington's Black Squirrels2018/10/01
    We take a trip to the White House to find Black squirrels taking up residency on Donald Trump’s manicured lawns - Fergus Sweeney joins us from Washington D.C. ... www.rte.ie/mooney
  39. Benny The Beluga In The Thames2018/10/01
    Why is there an Arctic beluga whale swimming in the River Thames in England? Martin Garside and Dr. Simon Berrow join us with the latest news on Benny the Beluga, who’s travelled 3000km from the coasts of the Arctic and Greenland to frolic in the waters of the English home counties... www.rte.ie/mooney
  40. Breakthrough In Fight Against Malarial Mosquitoes2018/10/01
    It’s being heralded as a major scientific breakthrough - a brand new beacon of hope in the fight against one of the world’s greatest killer diseases: malaria. We hear from Dr. Andrea Crisanti, one of the lead scientists who has successfully wiped out a whole colony of mosquitoes by tweaking genes to stop females reproducing... www.rte.ie/mooney
  41. Seal Slaps Kayaker In Face With Octopus2018/10/01
    In the waters off the New Zealand town of Kaikoura, a kayaker got a shock when a seal rose out of the water to slap him with an octopus! The whole thing was caught on camera - visit www.rte.ie/mooney to view the clip. Derek talks to Eanna ni Lamhna about Kaikoura and the wildlife that can be found in the locality...
  42. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 24/09/182018/09/24
    On MGW tonight: Shark Stories, Bounding Basking Sharks & Omnivorous Bonnethead Sharks; Long-Eared Owls Of Wicklow; Colin Stafford-Johnson... www.rte.ie/mooney
  43. Shark Stories, Bounding Basking Sharks & Omnivorous Bonnethead Sharks 2018/09/24
    As a series of shark stories hit the headlines, we’ll be hearing from experts Lucy Hunt, Dr. Nick Payne and Samantha Leigh about shark attacks, breaching basking sharks and omnivorous bonnethead sharks... www.rte.ie/mooney
  44. Long-Eared Owls Of Wicklow2018/09/24
    As darkness falls, we transport you to the nocturnal world of a family of long eared owls, deep within a forest in Co Wicklow, with author and naturalist, Declan Murphy... www.rte.ie/mooney
  45. Colin Stafford-Johnson2018/09/24
    Wildlife filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson tells us about his talking tour of Ireland and the UK that he'll be starting later this week. For more details, visit www.rte.ie/mooney
  46. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 17/09/18 - Special - The Bergen Whale2018/09/17
    A special programme on the Bergen Whale, which was found to have over 30 plastic bags in its stomach, as we investigate the horrific effect that plastic pollution is having on marine animals... www.rte.ie/mooney
  47. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 10/09/18 - SPECIAL - Wildlife Filmmakers2018/09/10
    The magnificent pictures regularly beamed onto our TV screens, reflecting real stories of nature's circle of life, remind us what a truly wonderful world we inhabit. Tonight, Derek talks to five of the greatest wildlife filmmakers in the business - Doug Allan, Theo Jebb, Colin Stafford-Johnson, Orla Doherty and Gavin Thurston... www.rte.ie/mooney
  48. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 03/09/182018/09/03
    On MGW tonight: Derek’s Gulls; Litter-Picking Rooks In France; Firehawks In Australia; Cross-Dressing Birds & Tailor Birds; Killer Ducks In Romania... www.rte.ie/mooney
  49. Derek’s Gulls2018/09/03
    Derek tells Dr. Richard Collins, Niall Hatch and Eric Dempsey about the gulls that live near him who tap-dance on the ground. The gulls have now been joined by a large number of crows - but they prefer to peck at the ground. Why, Derek asks Niall, is this? www.rte.ie/mooney
  50. Litter-Picking Rooks In France2018/09/03
    Rooks at the Puy du Fou Theme Park in France have been trained to pick up cigarettes butts and other litter at the park, in exchange for a reward. Nicolas de Villiers is President of Puy du Fou, and he joins Derek on the line to explain more about this interesting initiative... www.rte.ie/mooney
  51. Firehawks In Australia2018/09/03
    Bush fires are common during Australia's dry season where some kites and falcons prey on animals fleeing the fires. New research shows some of the birds spread fire by dropping burning twigs, to flush out prey. Inecol geographer Mark Bonta conducted the research; he joins us from Mexico to tell us more... www.rte.ie/mooney
  52. Cross-Dressing Birds & Tailor Birds 2018/09/03
    Niall explains to Derek, Eric and Richard why some male ruffs (which usually have extraordinary plumage) have evolved to look more like the females of the species, and after one listener sent us a remarkable video of a Tailor Bird, Niall tells us about this ornithological stitcher... www.rte.ie/mooney
  53. Killer Ducks In Romania2018/09/03
    Researchers from the University of Cambridge have observed mallards attacking and eating smaller birds on a reservoir in Romania. Dr. Silviu Petrovan is Research Associate at the university’s Department of Zoology, and joins us on the line tonight from Cambridge... www.rte.ie/mooney
  54. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 27/08/18 - DOCUMENTARY - Sparrows2018/08/27
    Derek Mooney presents a special programme examining the link between humans & house sparrows, how development of early agriculture led to sparrow settlements in Ireland + why "Cockney sparras" may well become a thing of the past... www.rte.ie/mooney
  55. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 20/08/182018/08/20
    On MGW tonight: Asian Hornets; Microplastics; Recording Humpback Whale Migration...
  56. Asian Hornets2018/08/20
    President of Apimondia and MGW beeman Philip McCabe tells us why beekeepers are worried about the Asian hornet... www.rte.ie/mooney
  57. Microplastics2018/08/20
    GMIT's Dr. Anne Marie Mahon explains how ocean plastics are having a devastating effect on marine life... www.rte.ie/mooney
  58. Recording Humpback Whale Migration2018/08/20
    Dr. Simon Berrow, of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, joins us with tales of life on the ocean in pursuit of the humpback whale... www.rte.ie/mooney
  59. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 13/08/18 - DOCUMENTARY - Feathers2018/08/13
    Derek Mooney talks to ornithologists, authors, academics & those who work with feathers to uncover their significance within the natural world, pre-historic origin, and value & varied uses of feathers today... plus WIN a copy of book The Feather Thief! www.rte.ie/mooney
  60. Mooney Goes Wild - Programme Podcast 06/08/18 - DOCUMENTARY - The Cuckoo2018/08/06
    Love them or hate them, there is no denying that Cuckoos are very special birds indeed. Their behaviour and lifecycle is utterly unlike that of any other Irish or European bird. In this new documentary, Derek meets many of those researching and studying cuckoo populations. For more, visit www.rte.ie/mooney
  61. Monterey Cypress Tree Sculpture 2018/07/30
    Terry Flanagan revisits the Monterey Cypress Tree sculpture in St.Ann's Park in Raheny in Dublin. Terry spoke with Executive Parks Superintendent for Dublin City Council, Noel McEvoy...
  62. Beekeeping 2018/07/30
    President of Apimundia (the association of the world's beekeepers) Philip McCabe speaks with Derek about a great upcoming event!
  63. Gorillas 2018/07/16
    Adult male gorillas are known as "Silver-backs" because of the distinctive patch of silver which grows on their backs. – But when, how and why does that silver hair grow? Jillian Miller – Director of The Gorilla Organisation (conservation group dedicated to working with local communities to protect gorillas in natural habitat) spoke with Derek....
  64. Nocturnal Animals 2018/07/16
    Scientists have found that many species are making the switch from a diurnal life to a nocturnal one. The study’s lead author is wildlife ecologist and conservation scientist, Kaitlyn Gaynor..
  65. Nocturnal animals in Ireland 2018/07/16
    What is the picture for the mammals which are living here in Ireland? Our reporter, Terry Flanagan, was in the suburbs of south Dublin overlooking a green space, while at the same time being surrounded by houses and was joined by Nicola Marples Professor of Zoology at Trinity College Dublin...
  66. Life in the Dark 2018/07/16
    An exhibition that’s just started at London’s Natural History Museum 'Life in the Dark' looks at how some animals move, hunt and feed in places where no light ever shines. Professor Geoff Boxshall from the Department of Life Sciences at the National History Museum curated the content for the exhibition...
  67. Fish In Hot Weather 2018/07/09
    How are the fish in our lakes, canals and rivers faring in this heatwave? Lower water levels and warmer temperatures can lead to fish kills. Terry Flanagan spoke with Dr. Greg Forde, Head of Research and Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland...
  68. Milner Edel Ramberg 2018/07/09
    In recent years we’ve seen a resurgence of hat wearing from both women and men - fedoras, panamas, bretons, berets... Milner Edel Ramberg makes hats in her studio in Galway.Derek met Edel and they spoke about the use of feathers in millinery…
  69. Chernobyl Wolves 2018/07/09
    A new study looks at how gray wolves from the radioactive forbidden zone around the nuclear disaster site of Chernobyl are now roaming out into un-contaminated land across the wider region.Michael Byrne is a wildlife ecologist at the University of Missouri in Columbia in the United States speaks with Derek.
  70. Elephant Communication 2018/07/09
    Researchers from Oxford University and Save The Elephants worked together to study the tremors that their movements send through the ground. Professor Tarje Nissen-Meyer of Oxford University was part of the team who carried out the work in Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve. Tarje talked about the research with Derek.
  71. Ban on hosepipes but don't forget the bird baths2018/07/02
    We Irish have a love hate relationship with the weather. As many prioritise watering the garden, washing the car and filling the paddle pool. Although small problems in the big scheme of things so spare a thought for our feathers Friends. Niall Hatch of Bird Watch Ireland joined us to offer his advice on the topic.
  72. Jellyfish, Treating A Sting2018/07/02
    As families flock towards beaches and piers across the country, more and more people are aware of jellyfish. Eanna, Derek and Richard spoke to Dr Tom Doyle, Lecturer in Zoology in the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences at University College Cork about what to do if you get stung by a Jellyfish.
  73. Feeding Deer in The Phoenix Park2018/07/02
    The Phoenix Park is full of wildlife, from inside Dublin Zoo to the birds nested throughout the park. On today's show we discuss the merits for and against feeding Deer in the Phoenix Park. Terry Flanagan has been to the park with Laura Griffin, research MSc student at University College Dublin.
  74. Rotterdam Oil Spill2018/07/02
    In the Netherlands, hundreds of mute swans have been caught in an oil spill after a tanker crashed into a jetty in the port of Rotterdam. Rescue workers have been overwhelmed by the number of contaminated birds, as The Bow Jubail ruptured its hull, pouring 220 tonnes of oil into the harbour.
  75. House Martins2018/07/02
    Eric Dempsey, author and bird expert joined the programme to discuss the House Martin birds, their nesting habits and why these small birds have been arriving later in the summer.
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