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 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. Visit ‘World of Owls’ web-site. 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. ‘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
 Neil Reid
Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 talk reports:
June topic-Bullfinches
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Click to enlarge. Photos from TV recording ‘Food for free’ in Drum Manor Wed.29th March
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 soon showed improvement in 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 Many years ago,a butterfly garden was established in Drum Manor. In 1972 the late Dr.Henry Heal surveyed the butterflies there 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 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.
Trip to Rathlin with BNFC
Click for details and booking info. Click for details and booking info. 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.
Summer Outings 2017. Summer Outings 2017.
Patrick collects.
Jo Scott shares the meal!
TV Link Jo Scott
First taster.
Jackie has a keen eye-and discovered a morel growing in Springhill,they are uncommon in N.Ireland. Many morels are considered excellent to eat-but perhaps not this one. After passing a few e-mails, Jackie and I thought this was Geomitra esculenta (very poisonous) and not Morchella esculenta (very tasty).Needless to say Jackie hasn’t tried it !!!
AGM PHOTOS from Michael-new camera is top class!
The Bullfinch is a ‘well-built finch’, sometimes seen in gardens, with a stout black bill and black wings, nape, crown and chin and a white rump obvious in flight. The brightly coloured male has a blue-grey back and pink front and cheeks. The female a brown back and dull pink chest. Bullfinches feed on insects, berries and seeds.These were feasting on viola seeds in a garden container.Female Bullfinches build a nest of twigs and moss lined with fine material.They lay light blue eggs,marked purplish at one end.A population crash caused concern some years ago, but they have recovered.