founded February 1950
Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Welcome to the website of Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Welcome Located in the heart of Mid-Ulster, the club has some 30 members who are interested in the conservation and promotion of wildlife. We want to encourage people to join the club and would encourage those interested to come to club meetings. Complete the contact form or talk to a club member.  If you live in the Mid-Ulster area and have wildlife Information of interest , we would be grateful if you would use our contact form to pass on your knowledge. This will be credited and posted on our web-site .  We would be particularly interested to know of sightings of mammals such as Red Squirrels, Otters and Pine Martins .   Thank you for visiting the club's website.
     Chairman 2013-2014:  Michael Mullan      Michael is a Dairy Scientist with 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 year.
Talks Programme 2014/2015
Information:  Secretary:       Mona O'Kane 8676 2445 Press Officer:  Ronnie Irvine 8676 5142
Talks  from 7:45pm-approx 9.15pm  March-April              Food Technology Building, Loughry College ,Cookstown     Spring and Summer Outings below.
Welcome About us. Our Area Nature News Contact us Links
Tuesday 14th Oct. 2014          The Ballinderry river through                 Mrs. Pat Rutherrford.                                                  time and space. Tuesday 11th Nov. 2014           The conservation of the                       Dr.Alastair Cameron                                                  Irish Red Grouse        
   Tuesday 9th  Dec. 2014       Tuesday 13th January 2015
  Tuesday 10th  Feb. 2015   Tuesday 10th March 2015
  Tuesday 14th April
may be contacted by mobile. 07717732034 or E-mail:
                 Mark Edgar(Biodiversity Officer for Cookstown,                       Magherafelt and Dungannon Councils)
Biodiversity Outings 2015
       Information on other natural history events.
November-Featured pictures.
Photographic web-site
Encouraging Wildlife through plant selection and gardening practices.
       Ms. Teresa Maguire
Members Night.
Changes in farming and land use in the Falklands-a personal reflection.
Dr.Jim McAdam
The trouble with badgers
Dr.Declan Looney.
From Mark Edgar Growing Native Trees from Seed The Fishing Lodge, Dungannon Park on Friday 31st October 2014 starting at 10:30am. Workshop delivered by Conservation Volunteers on the different techniques required to process the seeds and berries of native trees to maximise germination. Bird Ringing. Cabin Wood, Tullywiggan Road, Cookstown on Saturday 22nd November 2014 starting at 10:00am An introduction to bird ringing by licensed ringer Aidan Crean.  As well as looking at the birds of Cabin Wood, it will be explained why birds are ringed, the important information it provides, and see a demonstration on how to ring birds and the equipment required. As mentioned, I will send out more information nearer the time.  You do not have to book a place fore these events, but a phone call or e-mail would be appreciated just so we have an idea of numbers. Any queries, give me a shout.
A shield bug (note the shape).This one is the Hawthorn Shield Bug ( Acanthasoma haemorrhoidale).This shield bug is found across Europe and is common in the south of England. It seems to be spreading north and is now found in Northern Ireland & Scotland In Britain the species is active between April and October. Found on the garden fence. Known as a stinkbug-as it exudes an unpleasant smell when alarmed.
Details later.
Press report Press report
This unusual fungus (Birds nest fungus)  is most often found in clusters on dead wood - particularly softwood – in forests and on woodland edges, but Cyathus striatus also grows on wood chip used as a mulch in parks and gardens. Well-rotted damp timber is the diet of the Fluted Bird's Nest fungus, whose fruit-bodies may be seen from early summer through to the onset of winter, by those with a keen eye. Becoming more common in N.I. probably due to global warming.
Interesting fungus from Jackie Arrell, more new pics from Jackie elsewhere