Welcome to the website of Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Chairman 2013/2014,2015/2016,2017 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
Irish hares-status & challenges by Brown Hares.
Hoverflies and other pollinators.
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.
Challenges for red squirrels in Ireland. Declan Looney
Tuesday 10th April. 2018 A.G.M.
Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 talk reports:
August topic-Elephant Hawk moth
Ulster Wildlife, a local charity, champions native wildlife in Northern Ireland and works with local people to secure space for nature in our 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 practical action and research, to stand up for nature by influencing government policy and promote health and well-being through enjoyment of the natural environment.UW 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
Success-rejuvenation of Lissan Wildflower meadow has shown improvement in range of plants.
Click for records from 1972Almost 50 years ago,a butterfly garden was established in Drum Manor. In 1972 the late Dr.Henry Heal surveyed the butterflies in Drum and assisted in establishing the ‘Butterfly Garden’Sebastian Graham kindly forwarded Dr.Heal’s report on ‘Butterflies in Drum Manor’ (link above).This makes interesting reading.Wood White, Wall and Silver Washed Fritillary were all present, but are now apparently gone..It is many years since I have seen a Silver Washed Fritillary or a Wall Butterfly there. Drum has apparently deteriorated as a habitat for butterflies.Coincidentally, 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.
Silver -washed Fritillaryin Drum.
See navigation menu above for early records researched by Sebastian Graham.
Jackie Averill sent some interesting photos.These areladybird larvae at diff.stages of development.Ladybirds lay yellow eggs on undersides of leaves(often dock),There are many ladybird species in Britain.He also sent a lovely photo of a male Common Blue Damselfly…and butterfly larvae.The final picture shows larvae of the peacock butterfly on nettle leaves.Jackie also found Pygmyweed,an alien from New Zealand somewhere near N.end of L.Neagh-clogs up waterways-not a popular migrant.
AGM PHOTOS from Michael-new camera is top class!
. A friend asked about the strange caterpillar in her garden.Thought it might be the caterpillar of a hawk moth and on seeing the monster-it was. The caterpillarofanElephantHawkMoth.Ihadn’tseenonebefore(otherthaninbooks).Thecaterpillar has two pairs of prominent eye markings and is usually a blackish-brown or green colour. It is harmless but looks fierce. However, they can strip a fuchsia of its leaves ,and are also found on Rosebay Willowherb. Active during summer, they hide on the undersidesofleaves.Theadultmoth is one of our most striking.
Thanks to Margaret Wallace for picture of Dk.Green Fritillary takenon dunes at Portballentrye
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