Welcome to the website of Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Chairman 2019 Ernie Hunter Ernie, a retired Contultant Physician has further developed his keen interest in Natural History since retirement,and has an extensive knowledge on birds. Ruth,his wife, is also a keen naturalist. As Treasurer of C.W.T. over the last few years, Ernie has kept our finances very soundly,not easy to do in a small self-financing club. .
Talks Programme 2019/2020
may be contacted by mobile. 07717732034 or E-mail:
Mark Edgar(Biodiversity Officer for Mid-Ulster Council)
One of our members-Sebastian Graham has set up an interesting and successful web-site ‘Old Mills of N.Ireland. Well worth a look.
Click mill logo for web-site
Talks from 7:45pm-approx 9.15pm October-April Food Technology Building, Loughry College ,Cookstown
Click for records from 197250 years ago,a butterfly garden was established in Drum Manor. In 1972, Dr.Henry Heal surveyed butterflies there, and advised on setting up a ‘Butterfly Garden’. Sebastian Graham forwarded Dr.Heal’s report on ‘Butterflies in Drum Manor’ (link opp.). Interesting reading-Wood White, Wall and Silver Washed Fritillary present-now gone.Has Drum deteriorated as a habitat? Henry Heal,a chemistry lecturer at Q.U.B. was a tall gangly man,always with a smile on his face (even when I made lab.mistakes). Thanks to Sebastian for Species 1972.
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.
Some statistics: Our Web-site averages around 34,000 hits per month and around 1200 actual visits. About 8% are from G.B.,8% from USA, and European countries 16%.There are visits from Brazil/Greece/Germany and Canada among others.The most popular pages are Aliens/Drum Manor/Local Geology/Wellbrook
Lecture programme 2019 / 2020
Tuesday 08th Oct. 2019
Transforming a Tyrone desert into a wildlife garden
Sir Bob Salisbury
Tuesday 12th Nov. 2019
Natural History of Swifts
Saturday23rd Nov. 2019
Walk and Lunch at Killymoon Castle
Tuesday 10th Dec. 2019
Wildlife Presentations and Social Evening
Tuesday 14th Jan. 2020
Farming for Wildlife.
Note: Speaker change.Tuesday 11th Feb 2020
The Wolf in Yellowstone Park
Cancelled Tuesday 10th Mar 2020
Butterflies & Moths.
CancelledTuesday 21st April 2020
A.G.M. L. Neagh, Diatoms and Diatomites
Friday 17th May 2019 7:00 pm
Ballinderry River Walk7pm,C.P. Knockanroe Rd, Ardtrea
Sebastian & Sophie
Thursday 06th June 2019 7:00pm
James Johnston’s Fm.6:30pm ,Loy St C.P
Saturday 15th June 2019 9:30am
Rams Island 11:00am Sandy Bay Marina,BT28 2LQ
Ernie:Note: £10 adult.£5 per child for boat.Bring packed lunch
Saturday 29th June2019 7.00pm
Roy’s Wood,KillymuckLoughry College C.P.11:00am
Sat. 6th July2019 10:00am
Jim Henry ‘Wildwood’ M’felt 10:00amHenry Bros Yard
Sat 03rd August2019
Ballynahone BogCurran Picnic Area 10:00am
Sat 24th August 2019
Seaforde Butterfly Gardens8:45am for Bus at 9:00am Loy St C.P
Members can download,then complete and return at next meeting.
Getting to our meetings
Photos on slide show above
Thanks to Sebastian for this info.( Jim Rutherford,Ian McNeill and myself-a little later, are among those members who remember-more reports to come.)
Have a look at Thomas Campbell’s wonderful bird photos.Click the camera.
Early days-some photos from the 60’s-thanks to Pat & Jim Rutherford.
Sparrow shots- Michael has House Sparrows nesting at home and obtained some great pictures
New from Thomas- some recent pics fromCabin Wood (Thomas’s talent brings a smile to my face)
Photo of the month:Michael Mullan took a great photo of a Red-legged Shieldbug (Pentatoma rufipes). Shield bugs are sometimes called Stink Bugs, but I haven’t noticed a smell from them. Interesting creatures-would like to know more about them. Click pic for bigger version.
Botany-Ian McNeill led a couple of eminent Irish botanists on a successful visit to the Cloudberry (perhaps the rarest plant in N.I.) site on Mullaghclocha and careful scrutiny found more plants than expected.