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)
One of our members-Sebastian Graham has set up an interesting and successful web-site ‘Old Mills of N.Ireland. Well worth a look.
E-mail Mark E-mail Mark Located in the heart of Mid-Ulster, our club has some 50 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 and have wildlife Information of interest, please use our Contact Form to pass on knowledge/information/question. This will be credited and posted on our web-site .  We are interested in information on sightings of all wildlife.  Thank you for visiting the club's website. UW Facebook Site UW Facebook Site UW Twitter site UW Twitter site Become a member. Become a member.
Click mill logo for web-site
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 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.
Lissan Wildflowers. Lissan Wildflowers.
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
R.Irvine 2020

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
The Wolf in Yellowstone Park
Roy Nelson
Zoom Meeting Tuesday 13th April 2021
L. Neagh, Diatoms and Diatomites. followed by short A.G.M.
David Jewson
Tues 7:00 pm
Social Evening & Zoom Trial
Sebastian,Sophie & others
Tues. 10th Nov..2020 7:00pm
Invasive Species
Prof. Jamie Dick
Tues. 08th Dec 2020 7.00pm
Wildlife Presentations & ‘Call My Bluff’
Tues.12th Jan 2021 7.00pm
Tues. 09 Feb. 2021 7.00pm
Toome Eel Fishery
Pat Close
Tues. 09 Mar 2021 7.00pm
Work of Woodland Trust in N.I.
Darren Houston
L. Neagh, Diatoms and Diatomites. A.G.M.
David Jewson
Our G.D.P.R.Policy Our G.D.P.R.Policy
Members can download, then complete and return at next meeting.
2019-20 Reports
Getting to our meetings
Click to view Club Programme. Click to view Club Programme. Health & Safety guidelines. Health & Safety guidelines.
Photos on slide show above
Talks 2019-2020 Talks 2019-2020 Report on Ballynahone Bog.. Report on Ballynahone Bog.. Report on Butterfly Farm & Murlough... Report on Butterfly Farm & Murlough... N’paper report 8 Feb ’68. N’paper report 8 Feb ’68.
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.)
N’paper report 29 Mar ’69. N’paper report 29 Mar ’69.
Thomas Campbell’s bird photos Click the camera.
P’tations & Social evening 10th Dec P’tations & Social evening 10th Dec Wildlife observations by our members. Wildlife observations by our members.
Early days-some photos from the 60’s -thanks to Pat & Jim Rutherford.
C.W.T pictures from the 60’s. C.W.T pictures from the 60’s.
Sparrow shots - Michael has House Sparrows nesting at home and obtained some great pictures
Odd plant from Michael in Spain. Odd plant from Michael in Spain.
Michael-Sparrow & Carder Bee pics. Michael-Sparrow & Carder Bee pics.
Photo(s) of the month: Jackie at his garde managed a couple of pictures of Great Spotted Woodpecker on the bird feeder -lucky Jackie Click pics for bigger version.
and see some of Thomas’s latest photos below Sept.2020.
Zoom Meetings (further details later by e-mail from our Chairperson)
Tuesday 13th April . Lough Neagh Diatoms and Diatomites - Dave Jewson FOLLOWED BY SHORT AGM. Further details on these zoom meetings will be sent out in near future by e-mail
We are all grateful to our Chairperson Dr. Ernie Hunter and Maureen Grahamfor keeping events going during these unprecedented times.
It was with deep regret that we heard of the death of Robert Stewart in a gardening accident..Robert was at one time a very capable Chairman of Cookstown Wildlife Trust (circa 2005) and although not a member for some years, many of us remember his humour and excellent control of meetings. We pass our deepest sympathy to his wife Joyce,and family.