founded February 1950
Cookstown Wildlife Trust
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
   Tuesday    09th  Oct. 2018         Environmental issuse of Lough Neagh     Saturday   13th  Oct. 2018        Nature walk (11am) and lunch(1pm).                                                         Loughry Campus and Garden Corner.
  Tuesday    13th  Nov. 2018   Tuesday    11th Dec.  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
mammals-Ireland mammals-Ireland E-mail Mark E-mail Mark Bio-diversity Ireland. Bio-diversity Ireland. Located in the heart of Mid-Ulster, the club has some 45 members interested in conservation and promotion of wildlife. We encourage people to join the club and welcome those interested to our meetings. Complete our contact form or talk to a club member. If you live in Mid-Ulster area and have wildlife Information of interest, please use our contact form to pass on your knowledge/information. This will be credited and posted on our web-site .  We are particularly interested in information on sightings of mammals such as Red Squirrels, Otters and Pine Martins .  Thank you for visiting the club's website. Old Mills of N.I. Old Mills of N.I. National plant monitoring scheme. National plant monitoring scheme. Cedar web-site Cedar web-site N.Ireland records N.Ireland records
 Gerry Darby
Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 talk reports:
UW Facebook Site UW Facebook Site UW Twitter site UW Twitter site Become a member. Become a member. New Wildlife Info.  added
Click logo for web-site
     Talks  from 7:45pm-approx 9.15pm  March-April              Food Technology Building, Loughry College ,Cookstown
Birds of Prey-Jim Wells Birds of Prey-Jim Wells Getting to Food Tech. building Getting to Food Tech. building Butterflies in Drum Manor. Butterflies in Drum Manor.
Click for records from 1972 1.50 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 Fritillary in Drum.
Lissan Wildflowers. Lissan Wildflowers. Cons.Volunteers Tr.Course links. Cons.Volunteers Tr.Course links. Report on Mike Malone’s talk. Report on Mike Malone’s talk.  Well worth spending time on:Biodiversity Ireland site. Browse through the recent magazines,look through Irish records of different species. Report on Neil Reid’s talk. Report on Neil Reid’s talk.  N.I Coastal ASSI’s. N.I Coastal ASSI’s. Nature Reserves in N.Ireland Nature Reserves in N.Ireland
Super programme for 2018, download Michael’s well produced and revised pdf. from link opposite. Note changes.
       Roy Anderson
   Tuesday    12th Feb 2019    Tuesday    08th Jan. 2019
                                                                        Puffins and other memorable sea birds. 
       Michael Stinson
 Amphibian and Natterjack toad conservation  in Ireland
Marina Reyne 
   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
Report on Declan Looney’s talk. Report on Declan Looney’s talk.
 Sat 11th Aug:                Coach Trip        Strangford Lough/Ards Peninsula -E.H/M.M
Biodiversity Ireland Biodiversity Ireland
  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
Newts info from Irish News Hedgehogs decline Hedgehogs decline
Cause for concern                                                                                                                Springhill flax events.                                                                                                                                                  There will be a number of these                                                                                                                                                          throughout summer.Click for details.                                                                                                                        
Butterfly Council N’letter for N.I. Butterfly Council N’letter for N.I. Slime molds. Slime molds. K’moon Report and pics K’moon Report and pics Springhill Flax Events Springhill Flax Events
                                                                                                                                               Thursday 24th May 7.00pm-  Spring Walk, Springhill  - Sophie Atkinson & committee                                                                                                                                                 Sat. 2nd June 2:15pm- Walls Wildlife Garden(with BNFC) -IMcN, EH, Marion Allen, RI                                                                                                                     Thurs 28th June-          Rare plants of Lough Fea                -I.McN,RI.                                                                                                               Sat 14th July                 Dungannon Brickworks visit          - M.M.
S’Hill Report and pics S’Hill Report and pics B’song Report and pics B’song Report and pics
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.
Biodiversity Maps Biodiversity Maps
Explore records of all species on the Island of Ireland.
Walls Garden Report and pics Walls Garden Report and pics Lough Fea plants Lough Fea plants Dung.B’works visit Dung.B’works visit
         Lovely bee picture (Bombus lucorum) from Michael
 Sat 4th August              Orchids at Lough Beg                     - J.A.  
Send in your butterfly records. Send in your butterfly records.
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
L. Beg Orchids-report Log your butterfly sightings Log your butterfly sightings Cabin Wood forage event. Cabin Wood forage event.
Saturday 15 September 2018, 11.30-1pm
R.Irvine 2018
 Report and pics on Exploris trip Report and pics on Exploris trip
Shane Wolsey
Tuesday     8th Jan.  2019
Tuesday     09 April 2019            Wildlife Presentation & A.G.M.
Our new programme 2018-2019. Our new programme 2018-2019.