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
Date
Talk
Speaker
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
AGM
may be contacted by mobile. 07717732034 or E-mail:
                 Mark Edgar(Biodiversity Officer for Mid-Ulster Council)
          Outings 2015
       Information on other natural history events.
April-Featured pictures.
   2015
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
Spring has tentatively arrived. Look out for Toothwort,parasitic on roots of hazel,and more common than imagined. Golden Saxifrage-in damp shaded spots.Leaves once eaten as a vegetable- provides lovely mats of green-gold foliage and flowers in April. Early Dog Violet-more common in Mid-Ulster than elsewhere,can be identified by the purple spur at the back.Common violet spur is creamy yellow.
Press report
Toothwort
Early Dog Violet
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. nd.ie Relevant web-sites:   From Mark Edgar, Biodiversity Officer for Mid-Ulster (Cookstown,Magherafelt,Dungannon) 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. Michael and I attended this interesting Course given by Una Fitzpatrick. Details on Bumblebee identification can be accessed at this informative web-site.
From Catherine Bertrand
e-mail mammals-Ireland submit your records Press report
Golden Saxifrage.
Off until autumn. Lunch in ‘The Brewers House’ Donaghmore at 1 pm  Check website for menus. www.thebrewershouse.com  , 8776 1932 Phone Mona to arrange.  8676 2445 Mobile 07779 639615 or email to mona.okane@gmail.com Meet for walk at ASDA, Cookstown at 11:00 am or at Parkanaur Car Park at 11:30 am Wed 29 April.  ‘Cabin Wood’ Spring Flowers led by Ian McNeill.         Meet 6:30 pm Cabin Wood Car park Sat 09 May.              RSPB Reserve, Belfast harbour Estate                      Cars leaving ASDA Car Park at 10:00 am Sat 06 June.              Bronze/Stone Age Megaliths led by Ronnie Irvine        Meet at ASDA Car Park at 1:30 Sat 20 June.               Local Geology led by Jim Rutherford                      Meet ASDA Car Park at 1:30 pm  Remember: Tue 14 April  AGM in Loughry College 7:45 – 9:15 pm
e-mail Mark Bio-diversity Ireland. Photographic web-site Welcome