Founded: November 1960
Cookstown Wildlife Trust
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
E-mail Mark E-mail Mark Bio-diversity Ireland. Bio-diversity Ireland. Located in the heart of Mid-Ulster, our club has some 48 members interested in conservation and promotion of wildlife. We encourage people to join our group, 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 UW Facebook Site UW Facebook Site UW Twitter site UW Twitter site Become a member. Become a member.
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Talks from 7:45pm-approx 9.15pm October-April              Food Technology Building, Loughry College ,Cookstown
Butterflies in Drum Manor. Butterflies in Drum Manor.
Click for records from 1972 50 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 Fritillary in Drum.
Lissan Wildflowers. Lissan Wildflowers. Biodiversity Ireland Biodiversity Ireland
Butterfly Council N’letter for N.I. Butterfly Council N’letter for N.I.
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.
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
R.Irvine 2019

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
Mark Smyth
Saturday 23rd Nov. 2019
Walk and Lunch at Killymoon Castle
Lunch £15
Tuesday 10th Dec. 2019
Wildlife Presentations and Social Evening
Tuesday 14th Jan. 2020
Farming for Wildlife.
David Laughlin
Tuesday 11th Feb 2020
Climate change in N.I.-Potential Impact & Response
Emma Louise Kells
Tuesday 10th Mar 2020
Butterflies & Moths.
Rose Cremin
Tuesday 14th April 2020
End of year round-up and key-note presentation.
Outings 2019
Friday 17th May 2019 7:00 pm
Ballinderry River Walk 7pm,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 June 2019 7.00pm
Roy’s Wood,Killymuck Loughry College C.P. 11:00am
Sat. 6th July 2019 10:00am
Jim Henry ‘Wildwood’ M’felt 10:00am Henry Bros Yard
Sat 03rd August 2019
Ballynahone Bog Curran Picnic Area 10:00am
Sat 24th August 2019
Seaforde Butterfly Gardens 8:45am for Bus at 9:00am Loy St C.P
Ballinderry River Ramble 17th May’19 Ballinderry River Ramble 17th May’19
Our G.D.P.R.Policy Our G.D.P.R.Policy
Members can download, then complete and return at next meeting.
2019 Reports
Our 2019 trips.
Getting to our meetings
Michael Mullan. Michael Mullan.
Tuesday 12th November: 7:45pm Loughry College-Natural History of Swifts-Mark Smyth Saturday 23rd November: Killymoon Castle and Grounds. (Note date change) 10:00am Walk around immediate grounds…bring outdoor footwear…change when entering house. 12:00am ‘House Tour’ with Craig Hill. 1:00pm Lunch £15.00 - Booking essential with our Treasurer Sebastian Graham. 079 269 36731
Click to view New Programme. Click to view New Programme. Health & Safety guidelines. Health & Safety guidelines. James & Iris Johnston’s farm. 06 June’19 James & Iris Johnston’s farm. 06 June’19 Ram’s Island’ Ram’s Island’ Roy’s Wood Roy’s Wood
Photos on slide show above
Report on Henry Reserve visit. Report on Henry Reserve visit. Latest-Sir Bob Salisbury 08th October Latest-Sir Bob Salisbury 08th October Report on Ballynahone Bog.. Report on Ballynahone Bog.. Report on Butterfly Farm & Murlough... Report on Butterfly Farm & Murlough...
Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Sophie and Sebastian (two of our most active and talented members) who have recently announced their engagement.
Holly Blue in Adair Av. Cookstown-Mid Sept. -looking as if it has been around for a while.!