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)
Information on other natural history events.
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
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Talks from 7:45pm-approx 9.15pm March-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 the ‘Butterfly Garden’Sebastian Graham forwarded Dr.Heal’s report on ‘Butterflies in Drum Manor’ (link below).Interesting reading-Wood White, Wall and Silver Washed Fritillary were present- now gone.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 (even when I made lab. mistakes).Thanks to Sebastian for Species 1972.
Silver-washed Fritillaryin Drum.
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.
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
Tuesday 10th Dec. 2019
Wildlife Presentations and Social Evening
Tuesday 14th Jan. 2019
Climate change in N.I.-Potential Impact & Response
Tuesday 11th Feb 2020
Global warming in Tyrone.
Emma Louise Kells
Tuesday 10th Mar 2020
Butterflies & Moths.
Tuesday 14th April 2020
End of year round-up and key-note presentation.
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.
Time to start looking for Spring flowers.
Getting to our meetings
Great Spotted Woodpecker-from John Spratt
Thursday 6th June-James Johnston’s Farm-details SOON.Holly Blue Butterflies at Cabin Wood and three sightings in Springhill.
Comments from Ian Rippey-one of our most knowledgeable lepidopterists‘’There was another Co. Tyrone record earlier this month, and it has also been in Fermanagh, Down, Armagh,Antrim, and near Ballyronan in Co. Londonderry, so perhaps for the first time ever it has been seen in all N. I.counties in a single year (there only 4 previous records from Co. Londonderry, 1 of which was of several specimens at a different site near Ballyronan.I think there was a previous record of the Holly Blue in Cookstown a few years ago, possibly by yourself in your garden at Adair Avenue? The late Thomas Greer recorded several in an oak wood with Hollies (later felled) at Killymoon, a few years before 1920; I think Cabin Wood must be close to this site, so the recent record is a return to an original site’’.