founded February 1950
Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Welcome to the website of Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Welcome Located in the heart of Mid-Ulster, the club has some 30 members who are interested in the conservation and promotion of wildlife. We want to encourage people to join the club and would encourage those interested to come to club meetings. Complete the contact form or talk to a club member.  If you live in the Mid-Ulster area and have wildlife Information of interest , we would be grateful if you could use our contact form to pass on your knowledge. This will be credited andposted on our web-site.  We would beparticularly interested to know of sightings of mammals such as Red Squirrels, Otters and Pine Martins .   Thank you for visiting the club's website.
     Chairman 2013-2014:  Michael Mullan      Michael is a Dairy Scientist with 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.
Talks Programme 2014/2015
Information:  Secretary:       Mona O'Kane 8676 2445 Press Officer:  Ronnie Irvine 8676 5142
Talks  from 7:45pm-approx 9.15pm  March-April              Food Technology Building, Loughry College ,Cookstown     Spring and Summer Outings below.
Welcome About us. Our Area Nature News Contact us Links
Tuesday 14th Oct. 2014          The Ballinderry river through                 Mrs. Pat Rutherrford.                                                  time and space. Tuesday 11th Nov. 2014           The conservation of the                       Dr.Alastair Cameron                                                  Irish Red Grouse        
   Tuesday 9th  Dec. 2014       Tuesday 13th January 2015
  Tuesday 10th  Feb. 2015   Tuesday 10th March 2015
    Tuesday 14th April
may be contacted by mobile. 07717732034 or E-mail:
                 Mark Edgar(Biodiversity Officer for Cookstown,                       Magherafelt and Dungannon Councils)
Biodiversity Outings 2015
       Information on other natural history events.
February/March-Featured pictures.
Encouraging Wildlife through plant selection and gardening practices.
       Ms. Teresa Maguire
Members Night.
Changes in farming and land use in the Falklands-a personal reflection.
Dr.Jim McAdam
The trouble with badgers
Dr.Declan Looney.
Press report Press report
Late winter usually sees incursions of long-tailed tits,siskins and redpolls to our bird table. This year,redpolls are noticeably absent- perhaps due to a mild winter further north. In March, great-tits are one of the first indicators of spring with their high- pitched song. Already crocuses and early daffodils are out- spring is not so far away.
Press report
Long-tailed tits
Male siskin.
Photographic web-site
From Ian McNeill-send records in please. 2015 is last year of recording for Irish Mammal Atlas 2016-submit records using link below. Currently Tyrone at bottom of league! Liam Lysaght is main contact. Relevant web-sites:   From Mark Edgar, Biodiversity Officer for Mid-Ulster (Cookstown,Magherafelt,Dungannon) Bird Ringing - Saturday 14th March (Morning) Sorry, exact details to be confirmed, but just to get the date in your diary.  Location will be in the Maghera area - probably Drumnaph, but need to sort out a few details. Similar to the event in Cookstown in November, licensed bird ringer Aidan Crean will be showing us what is involved in ringing birds.  In the longer term we are looking at putting together a program of events over the next couple of years at a number of sites within (and outside) the Mid Ulster area, which if anyone is keen will go a long way towards training to become a licensed ringer! Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme - Friday 10th April (to be confirmed)  Again details to be confirmed, but there will be a training event in Dungannon Park for anyone interested in taking part in the All Ireland Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme. Una from National Biodiversity Data Centre (Waterford) has offered to come up to deliver a workshop for volunteers wishing to contribute to the scheme. Volunteers across the island of Ireland walk a 1-2km fixed route once a month from March-October and record the bumblebees they see.  In N. Ireland, counties Tyrone and Fermanagh are particular gaps and they would like some data from these areas. Normally the workshops last 3-4 hours. An hour general talk, an hour indoors doing a bumblebee identification crash course, and then an outdoor walk to try and see some bumblebees in the field. Again, I will send out more information when details are confirmed, but just to let you know the date.
From Catherine Bertrand February Thursday 12th – BCNI Winter Talks, House of Sport, Belfast 19:30 Cliff Henry: A Ranger’s Photographic Diary of the rare, weird and fascinating wildlife of the Giant’s Causeway Join us for an evening with Cliff as he takes on a journey around the causeway and gives us a glimpse into his work and wildlife encounters. Tuesday 17th – All Ireland Pollinator Symposium 9:00 – 17:00 Taking place in Waterford, a gathering of the Pollinator People, launching the All Ireland Pollinator Strategy to public consultation and giving everyone a chance to engage in taking this important initiative forwards.ttp:// Tuesday 17th – CEDaR Lecture, Belfast - Dave Allen - Putting dots on maps - 35 years in Ireland. 18.30-21:00 Ulster Museum.  Free event but ticket booking required. Saturday 21st  - Craigavon Lakes Winter Work Party BCNI are teaming up with Craigavon Council to do some conservation work for Cryptic Wood Whites.  10-4pm, feel free to just drop in for an hour or so, all welcome, see poster for full details or contact me.
Contact Contact e-mail mammals-Ireland submit your records Poster Press report
Great Tit
            Sat 18 April          Meet Parkanaur C.P. for walk.                                           Leave ASDA,Cookstown                                           Lunch in ‘The Brewer’s House’, Donaghmore at 1 pm                11:00 am
             Wed 29 Apr        ‘Cabin Wood’  Spring Flowers led by Ian McNeill.                Meet 6:30 pm                                                                                                                     Cabin Wood  Car Park
    Sat 09 May          RSPB Bird Reserve,B’fast Harbour Estate led by                                   Edmund Slaine                                                                           To be confirmed
    Sat 06 June         Bronze/Stone Age Megaliths led by Ronnie Irvine.    Meet ASDA C.P. at  1:30 pm
      Sat 20 June         Local Geology led by Jim Rutherford.                            Meet ASDA C.P. at 1:30PM