Welcome to the website of Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Chairman 2013/2014,2015/2016,2017/2018 Michael Mullan Michael, a semi-retired Dairy Scientist has a keen interest in all aspects of Natural History. He has written several monographs, and runs (among others) a Dairy Science web-site. Michael has held a number of positions in Cookstown Wildlife Trust over the years,and has been importantin reviving the club in recent years
Talks Programme 2018/2019
Tuesday09thOct.2018EnvironmentalissuseofLoughNeaghSaturday13thOct.2018Naturewalkandlunch. An Creggan or Randalstown Forest?
Tuesday 13th Nov. 2018Tuesday 08th Jan. 2019
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Mark Edgar(Biodiversity Officer for Mid-Ulster Council)
Information on other natural history events.
Draft lecture programme 2018 / 2019
Pine martins. Beautiful but vicious predator
Insects in the garden
Success-rejuvenation of Lissan Wildflower meadow has shown improvement in range of plants.
Otters,pine-martins,Red Squirrels etc. Send your wildlife records to Cedar. Find records for species recorded in N.Ireland•Details on Bumblebee identification can be accessed at this informative web-site.•One of our members-Sebastian Graham has set up an interesting and successful web-site on ‘old mills’.Well worth a look.•You might be interested in taking part in this scheme.•Butterfly Council-Newsletter
Tuesday 10th April. 2018 A.G.M.
Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 talk reports:
Ulster Wildlife champions native wildlife in Northern Ireland working with local people to secure space for nature in countryside, towns, coastlines and seas. Through twin visions of Living Landscapes and Living Seas, they hope to inspire people to champion nature, protect and restore habitats through action and research, to stand up for nature by influencing government policy, and promote health and well-being through enjoyment of the natural environment.UWT has almost 12,000 members whose generosity and commitment are making a real difference for wildlife and wild places here in NI.
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Talks from 7:45pm-approx 9.15pm March-April Food Technology Building, Loughry College ,Cookstown
Click for records from 19721.50 years ago,a butterfly garden was established in Drum Manor. In 1972 Dr.Henry Heal surveyed butterflies there and assisted in establishing the ‘Butterfly Garden’Sebastian Graham forwarded Dr.Heal’s report on ‘Butterflies in Drum Manor’ (link above).Interesting reading-Wood White, Wall and Silver Washed Fritillary were present- now gone.It is years since anyone has seen Silver Washed Fritillaries or Wall Butterflies there. Has Drum deteriorated as a habitat?Henry Heal was an inorganic chemistry lecturer at Q.U.B. A tall gangly man,always with a smile on his face.Thanks to Sebastian for Species 1972.2.Thanks to Ernie for link to a fascinating video- the 2017 Rathlin Island Bird Report compiled by Ric Else and Hazel Watson-very professionally done and surpassing many TV. Nature productions.There is also a section on Rathlin moths found by two field workers.
Silver -washed Fritillaryin Drum.
Saturday 04 Nov. Scything at Lissan.Experts(few) and amateurs(several) turned up to mow a meadow-a few showed rhythm and balance in their scything style. Notably Winston,Ruth,Jackie,Ernie and Fred. Others tried but lacked that rustic touch! The grass was heavy and wet-whch didn’t help. Thanks to Sharon who provided us with tea and shortbread afterwards, and we did have some chat.
The grim reapers.
Winston has a superb style.
Ruth surprised everyone with her skill.
Jim Wells & Ernie.
Well worth spending time on:Biodiversity Ireland siteBrowse through the recent magazines,look through Irish records of different species.
Katherine and Roy with Neil Reid
Cookstown Wildlife Trust have been made aware of the well thought out plans for improvements at Cabin Wood by Woodland Trust. Some members walked round with Woodland Trust’s enthusiastic Rosie Irwin last summer and Rosie is now putting together some plans for the area.
Super programme for 2018, download Michael’s well produced and revised pdf. from link opposite.Note changes.
Tuesday13thNov.2018 Tuesday 08th Jan. 2019
Amphibian and Natterjack toad conservation in Ireland
Saturday 7th April 10:30 am - our first outing of the year Newts at ‘An Creggan’ led by Michael
Friday 11th May 7:00pm - Bluebells at Killymoon,Toothwort and spring plants at Cabin Wood led by Ronnie and Jackie
Dale McNeill and Declan Looney discuss red squirrels.
A Special: Coach Trip Sat.11th August Strangford Lough/Ards Peninsula
Picture-thanks to Michael
Sunday 20th May 5.30 am - Dawn chorus at Drum Manor Lay by / carpark on LHS of main Cookstown to Omagh road. Just before Drum Manor
Some fine photos from Jackie.
Round-leaved sundew (love the colours in this one)Ruddy Darter(often seen at west end of Lough Fea in early autumn)Bonnet mould growing on another decaying fungus-very similar to penicillen mould
Cause for concern
AGM. was held on Tuesday 10th April.Jackie Arrell treated us to a beautiful slide show on ‘Fungi of Springhill’,accompanied by an excellent commentary- full of interesting information on fungi and the world of fungi.Ernie Hunter provided a thorough run-down on our finances and Maureen Graham briefly outlined some of the year’s events.Tony McMinn kindly agreed to preside over election of Officers.Jackie Arrell has sadly decided to leave committee, and Roy Nelson was elected .Otherwise Committee and Officers remains same.All presided over by Michael Mullan in his pleasant and experienced manner.Jackie mentioned a slimemoldinhistalk.link below has a little information about these plants?Animals?..nobody is completely sure which.Also they are little recorded in N.Ireland-so an opportunity to become interested and add to present info. on these strange organisms.
Note:Coach leaving time brought forward to 8:15am sharp from ASDA, and Exploris Aquarium Cafe/Restaurant has a strict NO PICNIC policy