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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" . Most people will have forgotten that theTrust 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.membership was thriving. Water testing kits were purchased to enable schoolchildren to carry out pollution testing exercises. Mr. Jones( Chairman) thought it a good idea to encourage children to join by putting on exhibitions of local flora and fauna and suggested Drum Manor as a suitable venue. By 1973 membership was 50 and winter speakers came from mostly Queens University. Outings were well supported,but meetings in Glenavon Hotel were expensive. In 1978 Ian McNeill suggested Mr. Young be approached about a room in C.H.S.and In 1980 the club held its first meeting in Coolnafranky House. Membership  was falling, fees rising 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 even Ulster weather. Trips were popular. The main worry was membership and purchasing cups for our “drop of tea”-eventually done in 2003! In 2005, Robert Stewart stepped down as Chairman after twenty years as a club stalwart. New chairman Madeline Dargan encouraged new members and instituted a weekly column in the local paper and a crossword competition with a small prize for the winner. Thanks to Madeleine we obtained a grant from the council enabling us to purchase a projector screen and stand. Cookstown Wildlife Trust moved again, this time to Loughry College. Speakers continued to be good and outings well supported,especially Ian McNeill’s annual tour which he put much time and effort into. Membership remained above the 30 mark. It would be nice to attract more members. The way forward, perhaps, is to become more involved in the community. A start in this direction has been made. Our new web-site has been set up by Ronnie Irvine, a Facebook site has also started,surveys at Lissan House and attendance at Ripple Ballinderry Project meetings have taken place. Our (2010-2018) Chairman Michael Mullan, with an enthusiastic committee has increased attendance at meetings  considerably.
founded February 1950
1960-1966 1960-1966 1966-1969 1966-1969 1969-1971 1969-1971 1971-2008 Tranquility 1971-2008 Tranquility