What we're about

Who are we?

Local people taking care of wildlife and sharing our passion and knowledge in a practical and fun way in the parish of Cookham.

What is our vision?

By 2019 we will have a Cookham plan for wildlife and nature that stands alongside, and has equal status to, the Village Design Statement and is adopted by the Parish Council and the borough planners.

What are we doing?

· Planning a calendar of local events and activities such as guided walks and talks

· Running practical campaigns and initiatives to enrich habitats such as:

o Wildlife and natural gardening – educating people about the importance of their gardens and creating wildlife corridors through gardens for hedgehogs and many other animals. Promoting the use of natural and non-chemical substances in the garden.

o Leaving verges and meadows long, not cutting until after flowers have seeded, and planting wildflowers on verges as food sources for bees and other insects

o Not cutting hedges and trees between Feb and Aug while birds are still nesting

o Securing habitat and nest boxes for certain birds such as House Martins and encouraging the use of Swift bricks in new-build properties

o Reducing light pollution

· Updating the Cookham Wildlife web pages on cookham.com

· Offering wildlife advice and building a community of interest through a dedicated wildlife forum on cookham.com

Who is supporting us?

National Trust

Woodland Trust

Upcoming events (2)

Dawn Chorus walk.

Quarry Wood Road

We all hear the birds singing their hearts out in the early hours in springtime. Come along and let local wildlife expert, Andrew Padmore identify the beautiful and varied songs. You're going to have to set an alarm for this one - it's a 4.30am start, but it'll be well worth it! Bring some binoculars, and bird call apps are welcome, wear suitable footwear and expect a lovely walk through woods and farmland.

Meet at 4.30am at Quarry Wood where Quarry Wood Road meets Grubwood Lane (SL6 9UB). There is parking at the corner of Quarry Wood Road & Grubwood Lane (4 cars) & also 200 metres down Grubwood Lane opposite houses (6 cars).

Please consider making a donation for this event, to help raise funds for other WildCookham events and activities that help protect our local environment. Suggested donation £3. https://www.justgiving.com/wildcookham

Plant sale at Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve

Dean Lane

Come and support WildCookham by buying wildlife friendly plants at our sale in our own Harris Woodbridge reserve. Grown by “wild about gardens” members we are selling them at silly prices! Additional plant donations also welcome on the day.

This is an opportunity to come and have a look around our very own nature reserve and to spread any beautiful plants you may have, all around Cookham and grab a bargain! Don't know how to take a cutting? Search on youtube or ask on our facebook page - different plants need different techniques - but it's not difficult! On the day there'll be several enthusiasts around to give advice and answer questions on wildlife gardening.

If you're driving, please park at the Chequers, a short walk up Dean Lane.

How to find the Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve:
Off Dean Lane, Cookham Dean – From the Chequers - turn left out of the Chequers, walk down the road until you get to the track just before the house called "Warners", turn left up the track and take the path on the right of the track. Go up hill for 150 yards with the field on the right, you will find a wooden fence leading you to the gate into the Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve.- Map ref:[masked] postcode SL6 9AQ.

Past events (168)

Dawn Chorus walk.

Quarry Wood Road

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