founded February 1950
Cookstown Wildlife Trust
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
   Tuesday   09th  Oct. 2018         Environmental issuse of Lough Neagh     Saturday   13th  Oct. 2018        Nature walk and lunch.                                                         An Creggan or Randalstown Forest?
   Tuesday    13th  Nov. 2018    Tuesday    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
       Michael Stinson
 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
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  Tuesday 10th   April. 2018       A.G.M.
Located in the heart of Mid-Ulster, the club has some 35 members interested in conservation and promotion of wildlife. We encourage people to join the club and welcome those interested to our meetings. Complete our contact form or talk to a club member. If you live in Mid-Ulster area and have wildlife Information of interest, please use our contact form to pass on your knowledge/information. This will be credited and posted on our web-site .  We are particularly interested in information on sightings of mammals such as Red Squirrels, Otters and Pine Martins .  Thank you for visiting the club's website. Old Mills of N.I. Old Mills of N.I. National plant monitoring scheme. National plant monitoring scheme. Cedar web-site Cedar web-site N.Ireland records N.Ireland records
 Gerry Darby
Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 talk reports:
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     Talks  from 7:45pm-approx 9.15pm  March-April              Food Technology Building, Loughry College ,Cookstown
Birds of Prey-Jim Wells Birds of Prey-Jim Wells Getting to Food Tech. building Getting to Food Tech. building Butterflies in Drum Manor. Butterflies in Drum Manor.
Click for records from 1972 1.50 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 Fritillary in 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.
Lissan Wildflowers. Lissan Wildflowers.
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Cons.Volunteers Tr.Course links. Cons.Volunteers Tr.Course links. Report on Mike Malone’s talk. Report on Mike Malone’s talk.
     The grim reapers.
Winston has a superb style.
Ruth surprised everyone with her skill.
Jim Wells & Ernie.
Well worth spending time on: Biodiversity Ireland site Browse through the recent magazines,look through Irish records of different species.
Report on Neil Reid’s talk. Report on Neil Reid’s talk.
                    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.
 N.I Coastal ASSI’s. N.I Coastal ASSI’s. Nature Reserves in N.Ireland Nature Reserves in N.Ireland
Super programme for 2018, download Michael’s well produced and revised pdf. from link opposite. Note changes.
       Roy Anderson
   Tuesday    13th  Nov. 2018    Tuesday    08th Jan. 2019
                                                                       Puffins and other memorable sea birds. 
       Shane Wolsey
 Amphibian and Natterjack toad conservation  in Ireland
Marina Reyne 
  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
Report on Declan Looney’s talk. Report on Declan Looney’s talk.
Dale McNeill and Declan Looney discuss red squirrels.
A Special:      Coach Trip   Sat.11th August      Strangford Lough/Ards Peninsula
Biodiversity Ireland Biodiversity Ireland
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
Newts info from Irish News
Earthy Powdercap.
(Spinellus fusiger)
Hedgehogs decline Hedgehogs decline
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 slime mold in his 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
Butterfly Council N’letter for N.I. Butterfly Council N’letter for N.I. Slime molds. Slime molds.
Our new programme 2018-2019. Our new programme 2018-2019.