founded February 1950
Cookstown Wildlife Trust
Welcome to the website of Cookstown Wildlife Trust
     Chairman 2013-2014-2015:       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 2015/2016
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   13th Oct. 2015          Hedgehogs-Natural History and rescue     Maureen Graham.                                                   Saturday  17th Oct. 2015          Walk at Parkaneur(11am)                                                                           Lunch 1pm at ‘The Brewers House’       
    Tuesday  10th  Nov. 2015        Tuesday    8th  Dec.2015
   Tuesday  12th  Jan. 2016    Tuesday   9th   Feb 2016
     Tuesday  8th   Mar.
may be contacted by mobile. 07717732034 or E-mail:
                 Mark Edgar(Biodiversity Officer for Mid-Ulster Council)
        Outings 2015-later
       Information on other natural history events.
November-Featured pictures.
  Irish bumble and solitary bees.
                Una Fitzpatrick
 Visit to Food Innovation Centre, and  multimedia presentation on Lough Fea.      Ronnie Irvine
 Owl conservation.
        Mike Gibb
 DARD Countryside Mgt. Prog.
Stropharia aeruginosa(Verdigris Roundhead) from Jackie Arrell,taken in Springhill. It grows in Drum also-a striking fungus due to its unusual colour.. Ruddy Darter -rather rare in North of Ireland but I have seen it quite often late in the season,at south western side of Lough Fea. Lough Neagh is about its northern limit. This one is a male (females are golden yellow in colour) Dragonflies are little changed over many millions of years. Ancestors are found from 325 million years ago in Upper Carboniferous rocks with wingspans of up to about 30 in. There are about 3000 species in the world today. Most are tropical, with fewer species in temperate regions. In Ireland there are only 32 species of damselfly and Dragonfly.  Collared Earthstar(Geastrum triplex)has apparently become more common in recent years,possibly due to  global warming. These excellent sharp photos were taken by Ernie Hunter in Loughry,where the fungus was found under lime trees.
Symptetrum sanguineum (Ruddy Darter)
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:   Details on Bumblebee identification can be accessed at this informative web-site. Useful and interesting information on hedgehogs. Foraging Walk and Soda Bread Workshop -The Plantin’ Park, Draperstown  10am – 1pm on Saturday 7th November       Join Dermot and Mary from Forage Ireland for an autumn foraging walk, followed by a soda bread workshop. Discover ‘wild food’, identify and use edible plants.
e-mail mammals-Ireland submit your records
e-mail Mark Bio-diversity Ireland. Photographic web-site
 Sinead Mulcahy
 Nature Conservation at Springhill                Sophie Atkinson                    
Tuesday 12th April 2016           A.G.M.
Pictured at Lough Fea
Michael Mullan,our Chairperson is to be congratulated on producing a very fine looking Programme for 2015/2016-copies available from committee.
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 and posted on our web-site .  We would be particularly interested to know of sightings of mammals such as Red Squirrels, Otters and Pine Martins .   Thank you for visiting the club's website.
Hedgehog Tallk Oct 2016 Daily Mail-Hedgehogs. Foraging Walk-D’town. Welcome