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. 2017Tuesday 12th Dec. 2017
Tuesday 9th Jan. 2018Tuesday 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
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.
Challenges for red squirrels in Ireland. Declan Looney
Tuesday 10th April. 2018 A.G.M.
Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 talk reports:
January topics-Lissan Wildlife Sign.
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
Click for records from 19721.50 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 Fritillaryin 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.
Mark has sent a new web-site address-some Councils are investigating the best way to look after road-side vergesfrom an environmental viewpoint.Here is your chance to complete the survey and have your say
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 DavaghClick 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
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.