Climate change on the bill at Cookstown Wildlife Trust event

The Painted Lady butterfly appears in the area some years, it comes from North Africa when winds blow it here
The Painted Lady butterfly appears in the area some years, it comes from North Africa when winds blow it here

Cookstown Wildlife Trust has launched its “full and interesting programme” for the season of Autumn/Winter 2016.

Beginning next Tuesday, October 11 the team will be hosting a talk on climate change and its impact on agriculture and wildlife.

Dr Jim McAdam, who worked in the Department of Agriculture and was largely responsible for setting up and developing agriculture and land use in the Falkland Islands, will be presenting his views on the subject.

He spent much of his career working on the subject, visiting the Falklands many times.

A spokesperson for the Trust said: “An expert on grass management and always one of our most entertaining and knowledgeable speakers, Jim has spoken to the Trust several times before and everyone looks forward to his views and knowledge on what is a 21st century topic of considerable debate and concern.”

The Trust, which is based at CAFRE’s Loughry Campus, hosts presentations on wildlife issues once a month, on Tuesday evenings from 7.45-9.15pm.

As well as learning something on the night, there will also be time for discussion and questions afterwards, and people will get a chance to mingle over a cup of tea.

New members and guests are always made very welcome, and the club’s yearly subscription is £20, with non-members charged £5 per talk.

An active in the community, Cookstown Wildlife Trust helped Lissan Trust rejuvenate its wildflower meadow this year, as part of an ongoing project.

It has also investigated what is probably the best new wildlife site in the area, with moth species and two relatively rare orchids growing there.

Ian McNeill continues to act as “Plant Recorder” for Tyrone, while other members have given Natural History talks and led nature walks for a number of organisations.

See or follow Cookstown Wildlife Trust on Facebook for more details and photographic displays of important wildlife sites in the area.

The club also welcomes comments on many aspects of natural history, and is keen other with an interest in natural history.