founded February 1950
Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Welcome to the website of Cookstown Wildlife Trust
     Chairman 2013/2014,2015/2016,2017/201       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.
Talks Programme 2017/2018 (provisional)
 Tuesday   10th  Oct. 2017        Birds of Prey         Jim Wells.                                                   Saturday  14th  Oct. 2017        Outing followed by lunch at Lissan House              Maureen Graham
   Tuesday   14th  Nov. 2017      Tuesday   12th  Dec. 2017
   Tuesday    9th  Jan. 2018    Tuesday  13th  Feb. 2018
     Tuesday  13th  Mar.
may be contacted by mobile. 07717732034 or E-mail:
                Mark Edgar(Biodiversity Officer for Mid-Ulster Council)
             Information on other natural history events.
Irish deer-numbers,predators & other issues
                                    Martin Malone
 Members evening.                                                       
Irish hares-Status, & challenges by brown hares.
       Una Fitzpatrick
Hoverflies and other pollinators.
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 younger 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.
mammals-Ireland mammals-Ireland Don’t mow,let it grow -web-site and survey Don’t mow,let it grow -web-site and survey e-mail Mark e-mail Mark Bio-diversity Ireland. Bio-diversity Ireland.
Challenges for red squirrels in Ireland.                       Declan Looney     
  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
 Neil Reid
Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 talk reports:
January topics-Lissan Wildlife Sign.             
UW Facebook Site UW Facebook Site UW Twitter site UW Twitter site Become a member. Become a member. New Wildlife Info.  added
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
Photographic web-site Photographic web-site 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 in Drum 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 I have seen Silver Washed Fritillaries or Wall Butterflies there. Drum has deteriorated as a habitat. Henry Heal was my inorganic chemistry lecturer at University. 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.
Mark has sent a new web-site address-some Councils are investigating the best way to look after road-side verges from an environmental viewpoint. Here is your chance to complete the survey and have your say
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.
Sebastian and Sophie- great Pine Marten photos from Davagh Click to enlarge
Cookstown Wildlife Trust have developed a new sign for renovated Wildlife lawns at Lissan. These are not cheap, and C.W.T. are much indebted to Balliynagilly Heritage Group and especially Mr.Tim Farelley for financing and erection of this board which depicts wildflowers and insects seen on the front lawns of Lissan House. Ballynagilly Heritage Group is a small group which is pleased to help those promoting the value of our area for greater good.
Hair Ice appears on wood of broadwood trees,below 0 °C . The silky hairs have a diam. about 0.02 mm and length up to 20 cm.  Water leaving dead wood via capillaries, freezes. Hairy ice structures form,these can keep shape for days-indicating that ice crystals are not re-crystallizing into larger ones-which normally occurs . Wood that produces hair ice may continue to produce it over years. In 2015, scientists identified a fungus as key to formation of hair ice. The fungus found on all hair ice samples, when disabled prevented hair ice formation.The fungus shapes the ice into fine hairs through an uncertain mechanism.
Winter Heliotrope-one of the earliest flowers to bloom,usually  early January. Fairly unusual or not much noticed.There is a substantial patch on Cookstown-Lough Fea Rd. on RHS going towards Lough Fea
Report on Neil Reid’s talk. Report on Neil Reid’s talk.
                    Katherine and Roy with Neil
Pat Rutherford with Neil Reid, a former pupil.
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 Rathlin Doc. Rathlin Doc.
Our Programme 2017-2018. Our Programme 2017-2018.