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.
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.
Challenges for red squirrels in Ireland. Declan Looney
Tuesday 10th April. 2018 A.G.M.
Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 talk reports:
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 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.
Saturday 04 Nov. Scything at Lissan.Experts and amateurs alike 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.
INTERESTING VISIT TO GOSFORD WITH ARMAGH FIELD NATURALISTSSaturday 30th October-our members had a fungus foray around Gosford with A.F.N. on a lovely early autumn day The outing provided a good variety of fungi. Jackie took lots of pictures, some of which are shown below.(I forgot my camera),
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
Yellow Stags horn Deceiver The Prince Stags showing their mettle Some of the group Hairy Curtain Crust Lawyers Wig. Pheasant’s Eye at Springhill from Jackie