Episodes
Published 12/05/22
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.
Published 12/05/22
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.
Published 11/28/22
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.
Published 11/28/22
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.
Published 11/28/22
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.
Published 11/28/22
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.
Published 11/28/22
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.
Published 11/21/22
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.
Published 11/21/22
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.
Published 11/21/22
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.
Published 11/21/22
Derek is joined by Prof. Vladyslav Vyazovskiy who is a member of Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute. He also a member of the topical team on torpor and hibernation led by the European Space Agency.
Published 11/14/22
Maynooth University’s Department of English has launched a project called Literature and Ireland’s Trees and is looking for your suggestions to build a public archive. Éanna travelled to the university campus to talk to Dr. Stephen O'Neill about this exciting initiative. 
Published 11/14/22
Mooney Goes Wild researcher John Bela Reilly met Catherine Cleary, co-founder of Pocket Forests, a not-for-profit social enterprise, in Dublin City Centre recently to find out more.
Published 11/14/22
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.
Published 11/14/22
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.
Published 11/07/22
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.
Published 10/31/22
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.
Published 10/24/22
Derek talks to Eanna and Niall about the Primetime Special - Ireland’s biodiversity emergency.
Published 10/24/22
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.
Published 10/24/22
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.
Published 10/24/22
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.
Published 10/24/22
Richard speaks to Emma Roberts, Head of Research with the Urban Squirrel Survey, about its aims and findings.
Published 10/24/22
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.
Published 10/17/22
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.
Published 10/10/22