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.
Click mill logo for web-site
Talks from 7:45pm-approx 9.15pm October-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 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.
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
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
Saturday23rd Nov. 2019
Walk and Lunch at Killymoon Castle
Tuesday 10th Dec. 2019
Wildlife Presentations and Social Evening
Tuesday 14th Jan. 2020
Farming for Wildlife.
Tuesday 11th Feb 2020
The Wolf in Yellowstone Park
Zoom MeetingTuesday 13th April 2021
L. Neagh, Diatoms and Diatomites. followed by short A.G.M.
Social Evening & Zoom Trial
Sebastian,Sophie & others
Tues. 10th Nov..2020 7:00pm
Prof. Jamie Dick
Tues. 08th Dec 2020 7.00pm
Wildlife Presentations & ‘Call My Bluff’
Tues.12th Jan 20217.00pm
Tues. 09 Feb. 2021 7.00pm
Toome Eel Fishery
Tues. 09 Mar 20217.00pm
Work of Woodland Trust in N.I.
L. Neagh, Diatoms and Diatomites. A.G.M.
Members can download,then complete and return at next meeting.
Getting to our meetings
Photos on slide show above
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.)
Thomas Campbell’s bird photos Click the camera.
Early days-some photos from the 60’s-thanks to Pat & Jim Rutherford.
Sparrow shots- Michael has House Sparrows nesting at home and obtained some great pictures
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 belowSept.2020.
Zoom Meetings (further details later by e-mail from our Chairperson)
Tuesday 13th April . Lough Neagh Diatoms and Diatomites- Dave JewsonFOLLOWED 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.