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 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

·  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 (4+)

Preview Open Evening for the Our Changing Earth Festival

The Sir Bernard Miller Centre

To celebrate the start of WildCookham's Our Changing Earth Festival of art, nature and wildlife, there will be a free preview evening at the Bernard Miller Centre at the Odney Club.

Peter Gibbs (presenter of the BBC 4 Costing the Earth and Gardeners' Question Time) has been invited to talk about climate change, Jan Stannard (Co-founder of Heal Rewilding) and Estelle Bailey (CEO of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust) will inspire hope and talk about the future for wildlife in the UK.

Also present will be some of the artists to share their artworks’ narrative and a chance to purchase your favourite piece before the weekend.

Further information:
Heal Rewilding - healrewilding.org.uk

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wild Life Trust -

Our Changing Earth Festival

The Sir Bernard Miller Centre

Come along to this free art and science festival about wildlife and the impact of climate change.

Over two days on the 10th and 11th June from 10am to 5pm, there will be an art exhibition, quizzes, a safari trail, a multitude of art workshops, nature walks around the Odney Club grounds with WildCookham experts, music and tai chi. There will be a myriad of fun, interactive mini-workshops for all ages to explore and learn about the importance of working with nature, not against it.

Feel free to pop by at your leisure, but if you want to book a workshop or walk, please visit


For a timetable, visit

For all the details and a sneak peek at some of the art that will be on display, visit ourchangingearth.co.uk

There will be things going on from 10am until 5pm on both Saturday 10th June and Sunday 11th June.

Giraffe artwork 'Sky Creature'
Artist: Sarah Soward
Medium: Oil
Size: 40cm x 50cm (Boxed canvas print)

Summer Butterfly and Wildflower walk

Winter Hill

If you ever go for a walk in the country and wonder about the names of the varied butterflies and wildflowers that you come across, this is an event to put in your diary!

Join enthusiasts, Clare and Andrew Padmore on a leisurely walk along Cockmarsh towards Cookham in search of butterflies and wildflowers. The walk will take in some of the most important ‘Flagship’ ponds in the south of England, home to some of our more unusual plants. Then on to the chalk grasslands on Winter Hill, home to a variety of flowers, including orchids and a host of butterflies.

Come armed with a bottle of water, cameras, suitable footwear for the forecast weather and any questions you may wish to ask. Wildflower books and binoculars might also come in useful. This walk can often last longer than expected, so maybe bring a snack too. Expect beautiful flora and fauna and magnificent views of the Thames Valley at this particularly picturesque point.

Meet at the car park at the top of Winter Hill.

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

What’s About at Odney Club in mid-summer? (Walk 1)

Odney Club

We have another ‘What’s About at Odney’ event on Saturday 24th June, affording us a further opportunity to explore the grounds of the Odney Club Estate.

Brian Clews will meet you inside the main entrance off Odney Lane at 10am (allow a few minutes to find a parking space inside and to sign in at reception). We will aim to conclude around 11:30. We will be looking for summer birds, plants and insects, so do bring binoculars and any identification apps you have on your phone (as well as suitable clothing and footwear for the forecast of the day!)

Numbers are restricted to 12 so please sign up for this little adventure here!

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 cash on the day or https://www.justgiving.com/wildcookham

Past events (197)

Dawn Chorus walk.

Quarry Wood Road

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