founded February 1950
Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Welcome to the website of Cookstown Wildlife Trust
     Chairman 2013/2014,2015/2016       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 2016/2017
 Tuesday   11th  Oct. 2016        Climate Change,Impact on Agriculture & Wildlife      Jim McAdam.                                                   Saturday  15th  Oct. 2016        Lunch at 1.00pm following outing to An Creggan
   Tuesday   08th  Nov. 2016       Tuesday  13th   Dec.2016
   Tuesday  10th  Jan. 2017    Tuesday  14th  Feb  2017
     Tuesday  14th  Mar.
may be contacted by mobile. 07717732034 or E-mail:
                 Mark Edgar(Biodiversity Officer                                     for Mid-Ulster Council)
             Information on other natural history events.
Mills of the past & CWT in Lissan & Brickworks.
                                     Seb. Graham & other members.
 Fungi identification.                                                        Mark Wright.
Trees in Ireland-healthy or diseased.
       Anthony McGeehan
Birds of the ‘Home Place’.
                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. Visit ‘World of Owls’ web-site. You might be interested in taking part in this.
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  Fidelma Maher
 Invasive Plants                                                                                     
  Tuesday 11th   April. 2017       A.G.M.
Located in the heart of Mid-Ulster, the club has some 30 members interested in conservation and promotion of wildlife. We encourage people to join the club and welcome those interested to club meetings. Complete the contact form or talk to a club member. If you live in Mid-Ulster area and have wildlife Information of interest, please use our contact form to pass on your knowledge which will be credited and posted on our web-site .  We are particularly interested in knowing of sightings of mammals such as Red Squirrels, Otters and Pine Martins .   Thank you for visiting the club's website. ‘World of Owls’. ‘World of Owls’. National plant monitoring scheme. National plant monitoring scheme. Cedar web-site Cedar web-site N.Ireland records N.Ireland records
 Alistair McCracken
Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 talk reports:
February topics.
Normally air temp. decreases steadily with height, but in a temp. inversion, a thin layer of atmosphere is at a higher temp.than air below so acts like a lid, normal convection doesn’t penetrate through the inversion. An effect is to make clouds (in this, case-steam from Cement Works chimney) just below the inversion spread out and take on a flattened appearance.In cities, this can cause trapping and build-up of pollutants below the inversion.Probably caused here by air near the ground cooling quickly, so forming a layer of cold air.
UW Facebook Site UW Facebook Site UW Twitter site UW Twitter site Become a member. Become a member. New Wildlife Info.  added
Click to enlarge. Our 2016-2017 programme deserves a spot. Third pic-Jackie.Ernie, Ian & Ronnie visiting a new site with Mark Edgar from Council -taken by Michael
Recent autumn days have seen good numbers of Tortoiseshells, Peacocks and Painted Ladies- brought northwards by warm southerly winds. Concern was expressed earlier about low numbers of Tortoiseshells,but this seems to have rectified itself.
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,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 State of nature report State of nature report
Sept. 2016
Success-rejuvenation of Lissan Wildflower meadow quickly showed improvement in plants.
Climate change,Impact on Agr & W’life. Climate change,Impact on Agr & W’life.
L. Jim          R.Jim & Michael
Scarlet Elf Cup. Not perhaps widely noticed,this little cup fungus appears on damp rotting logs in early February-and along with snpowdrops is perhaps one of the very early sign of spring-at least to me ,anyhow.
Temperature inversion -Cookstown
Mills and bricks. Mills and bricks. Route Food Tech. building Route Food Tech. building Butterflies in Drum Manor. Butterflies in Drum Manor.
Click for records 1972 Many years ago,a butterfly garden was established in Drum Manor,and in 1972 the late Dr.Henry Heal surveyed the butterflies there and assisted in establishing the ‘Butterfly Garden’ Sebastian Graham kindly forwarded Dr.Heals report on ‘Butterflies in Drum Manor’ (link above).This makes interesting reading. Wood White,Wall and Silver Washed Fritillary were all apparently gone,and some others less common. It is several years since I have seen a Silver Washed Fritillary or a Wall there. Over the years Drum has apparently deteriorated considerably 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.
The Lough Neagh Partnership are hosting a symposium on 15th February 2017 at Ballyronan Marina; Lough Neagh Connections. The conference will explore the history, heritage and society of the Lough Shore.              Details
L. Neagh Connections 15th Feb. L. Neagh Connections 15th Feb.