founded February 1950
Cookstown Wildlife Trust
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. 2017      Tuesday   12th  Dec. 2017
   Tuesday    9th  Jan. 2018    Tuesday  13th  Feb. 2018
     Tuesday  13th  Mar.
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                 Mark Edgar(Biodiversity Officer                                     for Mid-Ulster Council)
             Information on other natural history events.
Irish deer-numbers,predators & other issues
                                    Martin Malone?
 Members evening.                                                       
Irish hares-status & challenges by Brown Hares.
       Una Fitzpatrick
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.
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Challenges for red squirrels in Ireland.                       Declan Looney     
  Tuesday 10th   April. 2018       A.G.M.
Located in the heart of Mid-Ulster, the club has some 35 members interested in conservation and promotion of wildlife. We encourage people to join the club and welcome those interested to our meetings. Complete our contact form or talk to a club member. If you live in the Mid-Ulster area and have wildlife Information of interest, please use our contact form to pass on your knowledge/information. This will be credited and posted on our web-site .  We are particularly interested in information on sightings of mammals such as Red Squirrels, Otters and Pine Martins .   Thank you for visiting the club's website. Old Mills of N.I. Old Mills of N.I. National plant monitoring scheme. National plant monitoring scheme. Cedar web-site Cedar web-site N.Ireland records N.Ireland records
 Neil Reid
Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 talk reports:
July topic-Water Crickets
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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
Photographic web-site Photographic web-site
Success-rejuvenation of Lissan Wildflower meadow has shown improvement in range of plants.
Climate change,Impact on Agr & W’life. Climate change,Impact on Agr & W’life. Trees in Ireland. Trees in Ireland. Route to Food Tech. building Route to Food Tech. building Butterflies in Drum Manor. Butterflies in Drum Manor.
Click for records from 1972 Almost 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 Fritillary in Drum.
Birds of home place. Birds of home place. Fungi. Fungi. Invasive plants. Invasive plants.
See navigation menu above for early records researched by Sebastian Graham.
CWT  Summer Outings 2017. CWT  Summer Outings 2017.
Jackie sent some interesting and well taken photos. These are ladybird larvae at diff.stages of development.Ladybirds lay rafts of yellow eggs on undersides of leaves (often dock),There are a number of ladybird species in Britain. He also sent a lovely photo of a male Common  Blue Damselfly…and some butterfly larvae. The final picture shows larvae of the peacock butterfly on nettle leaves.
AGM PHOTOS from Michael-new camera is top class!
. Wondered for a long time what these fast- moving creatures in the pool were. Water Crickets are surface water bugs about 3/4cm in length. They taste terrible so trout eject them unharmed. Water Crickets spit on water to lower surface tension,this allows them to move faster. They practice group klepto- parasitism (ie) If one has prey too heavy to transport, other water crickets help eat the prize! The middle legs are held up like oars. The front and hind legs bend backwards, and the feet lie longitudinal with the body to lower resistance to flowing water. The middle legs only touch the surface for rowing motions.In bright light Water Crickets have white spots on a black body and red dashes down the sides. The species usually seen is Velia caprai. Water crickets feed on small water insects. They eject a fluid that spreads over the water surface so they can move silently.In spring the larvae leave the eggs and after five changes are imagos. There is only one generation in a year.
Lissan Wildflowers. Lissan Wildflowers.
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BNFC  Trip to Cavan Burren BNFC  Trip to Cavan Burren BNFC  Trip to Cavan Burren-booking BNFC  Trip to Cavan Burren-booking Cedar Training Course details. Cedar Training Course details. Cedar Training Course details. Cedar Training Course details. Cons.Volunteers Tr.Course links. Cons.Volunteers Tr.Course links.
Our New Programme 2017-2018. Our New Programme 2017-2018.