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Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Cookstown Wildlife Trust history is the history of all clubs and societies . Few are straightforward-human nature being what it is.  Cookstown Wildlife Trust was prominent in the establishment of Drum Manor and provided ideas for its ponds and gardens . Cookstown Wildlife Trust emerges from "The Cookstown and District Game and Wildfowl Preservation Society" . The Trust was closely involved with the lakes at Drum Manor. Mallard ducks present in 2018 may well be descendants of those placed there by Cookstown Wildlife Trust circa 1970 . In 1972 C.W.T.purchased water testing kits to enable schoolchildren to carry out pollution testing . Mr. Jones( Chairman) thought it a good idea to encourage children by putting on exhibitions of local flora and fauna and suggested Drum Manor as a venue. By 1973 membership was 50 and speakers came largely from Q.U.B. Outings were well supported,but meetings in Glenavon Hotel were expensive. In 1978 Ian McNeill suggested approaching Mr. Young about a room in C.H.S.and in 1980 the club held its first meeting in Coolnafranky House. Membership fell, fees rose and the education programme proved disappointing. Into the 90’s membership stayed around 30, programmes including talks on butterflies, whooper swans, organic farming, trees, hedgerows, deer and Ulster weather. Trips were popular. The main worry was membership. In 2005, Robert Stewart stepped down as Chairman after twenty years as a club stalwart. Incoming Chairperson Madeline Dargan encouraged new members and instituted a column in a local paper with a crossword competition and a prize for the winner. Thanks to Madeleine we obtained a Council grant enabling purchase of a projector screen and stand. Cookstown Wildlife Trust moved to Loughry College. Speakers continued to be interesting and outings well supported,especially Ian McNeill’s annual tour. Membership remained above the 30 mark. Our new web-site has been set up by Ronnie Irvine, a Facebook site has also started,surveys have been completed at Lissan House and attendance at Ripple Ballinderry Project meetings have taken place. Our (2019-) Chairman is Ernie Hunter succeeding Michael Mullan who with an enthusiastic committee has increased attendance and involvement in recent years.
founded February 1950
1960-1966 1960-1966 1966-1969 1966-1969 1969-1971 1969-1971 1971-2008 Tranquility 1971-2008 Tranquility