Our initial look-around after arriving by minibus.
The morning dawned bright and clear, a perfect day for our visit to Jim Henry’s 26-acre Wildlife Reserve, developed by Henry Brothers.Ltd, who are corporate members of Ulster Wildlife Trust. Seventeen members arrived for the walk on Saturday 6th July. On arrival, we were provided with tea/coffee/scones and traybakes-a welcome gesture, and introduced to the owner, Mr Jim Henry - then taken by minibus to the reserve. Our escort and driver was Ian Armstrong. We were taken around with great patience by Ian, despite our frequent stops to look at this or that..or identify a species.The site has excellent paths meandering through the reserve. Farmland pasture, woodland and open water are all part of the reserve. Some very ingenious puppets created by our Escort Ian were on suspended on tree trunks and a number of papier mâche beasts posed amongst the trees!The Reserve has many conservation features, including facilitates for educational visits, nature trails, and an interpretation and teaching room. This has provided a resource for almost 500 pupils to date. Students obtain a positive outdoor experience. They can assist with collecting information on species with information sent to nature organisations. .The track we took covered most of the important aspects. A considerable amount of time was spent in a lush meadow with fine views towards Magherafelt and Slemish beyond.One interesting plant (in abundance) was navelwort which seemed to be common in the park, yet it only occurs here and there in Mid -Tyrone.We were shown ponds created to improve biodiversity and stocked with fish. A portable class- room had been erected with fine views of the ponds.Cookstown Wildlife Trust appreciate the generosity of the Henry Bros.Ltd for allowing us to spend time in their fine wildlife reserve, created with much effort, thought and sensitivity.
Trip to Jim Henry’s Wildlife Reserve
Navelwort was surprisingly common in the Reserve
White Campion only occurs sporadically in Mid-Ulster.