Welcome to the website of Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Chairman 2013-2018 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,and has been importantin reviving the club in recent years
Talks Programme 2018/2019
Tuesday09thOct.2018EnvironmentalissuseofLoughNeaghSaturday13thOct.2018Naturewalkandlunch. An Creggan or Randalstown Forest?
Tuesday 13th Nov. 2018Tuesday 08th Jan. 2019
may be contacted by mobile. 07717732034 or E-mail:
Mark Edgar(Biodiversity Officer for Mid-Ulster Council)
Information on other natural history events.
Draft lecture programme 2018 / 2019
Pine martins. Beautiful but vicious predator
Insects in the garden
Lissan Wildflower meadow is looking well at present,common spotted orchids are beginning to flower.
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 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 scheme.•Butterfly Council-Newsletter
Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 talk reports:
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Talks from 7:45pm-approx 9.15pm March-April Food Technology Building, Loughry College ,Cookstown
Click for records from 19721.50 years ago,a butterfly garden was established in Drum Manor. In 1972 Dr.Henry Heal surveyed butterflies there and assisted in establishing the ‘Butterfly Garden’Sebastian Graham forwarded Dr.Heal’s report on ‘Butterflies in Drum Manor’ (link above).Interesting reading-Wood White, Wall and Silver Washed Fritillary were present- now gone.It is years since anyone has seen Silver Washed Fritillaries or Wall Butterflies there. Has Drum deteriorated as a habitat?Henry Heal was an inorganic chemistry lecturer at Q.U.B. A tall gangly man,always with a smile on his face.Thanks to Sebastian for Species 1972.
Silver -washed Fritillaryin Drum.
Jim Wells & Ernie.
Katherine and Roy with Neil Reid
Super programme for 2018, download Michael’s well produced and revised pdf. from link opposite.Note changes.
Tuesday13thNov.2018 Tuesday 08th Jan. 2019
Amphibian and Natterjack toad conservation in Ireland
Saturday 7th April 10:30 am - our first outing of the year Newts at ‘An Creggan’ led by Michael
Friday 11th May 7:00pm - Bluebells at Killymoon,Toothwort and spring plants at Cabin Wood led by Ronnie and Jackie
Dale McNeill and Declan Looney discuss red squirrels.
A Special: Coach Trip Sat.11th August Strangford Lough/Ards Peninsula
Picture-thanks to Michael
Sunday 20th May 5:30 am - Dawn chorus at Drum Manor Lay by / carpark on LHS of main Cookstown to Omagh road. Just before Drum Manor
Cause for concern Springhill flax events. There will be a number of these throughout summer.Click for details.
Note:Coach leaving time brought forward to 8:15am sharp from ASDA, and Exploris Aquarium Cafe/Restaurant has a strict NO PICNIC policy
Thursday24thMay7.00pm-Spring Walk, Springhill - Sophie Atkinson & committee Sat. 2nd June 2:15pm- Walls Wildlife Garden(with BNFC) -IMcN, EH, Marion Allen, RIThurs 28th June- Rare plants of Lough Fea -I.McN,RI.
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.
Explore records of all species on the Island of Ireland.
Chris Packham is coming to NI on 16th and 17th July as part of a UK wide Bioblitz.The closest event to Cookstown is at An Creggan on Monday16thJuly.If interested-let Ernie Hunter know.
Latest: Lough Fea-Rare Water Lobelia is in bloom at present, on north side-about 10 metres from water’s edge.Worth visit: Caledon Lake, beautiful and less common White Water-Lily in bloom.Worth a view-Fine photo of Bumblebee-Bombus praetorum from Michael