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.2018Naturewalk (11am)andlunch(1pm). Loughry Campus and Garden Corner.
Tuesday13thNov.2018Tuesday11thDec. 2018 Wildlife Presentations and Social Evening
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
See interesting article below-remind you of anything?
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.
Super programme for 2018, download Michael’s well produced and revised pdf. from link opposite.Note changes.
Tuesday 12th Feb 2019 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
Sat 11th Aug: Coach Trip Strangford Lough/Ards Peninsula -E.H/M.M
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.
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.Sat 14th July Dungannon Brickworks visit - M.M.
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.
Lovely bee picture (Bombus lucorum)from Michael
Sat 4th August Orchids at Lough Beg - J.A.
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
Saturday 15 September 2018, 11.30-1pm
Tuesday 8th Jan. 2019
Tuesday 09 April 2019 Wildlife Presentation & A.G.M.