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 (5)

What's About Cookham... Summer walk.

National Trust - Cookham Moor

Join us for another What’s About in Cookham on Thursday 27th June starting at the National trust car park at Marsh Meadow at 10am. Brian Clews will lead a group of about 15 of us into the unknown to see what wildlife we can find. Bring suitable footwear (terrain not suited to wheelchairs or pushchairs), binoculars and £2 for the meter! The walk will last about 2 hours or so and whilst there is no charge for the actual walk, donations on the day help us to run our programme of events throughout the year. Suggested donation £3.

Wild About Gardens 2018 winners Open Gardens

Needs a location

We are very grateful that five of the Gold winning gardens from last year's Wild About Gardens Awards are opening their gates to visitors on Sunday. We have 5 gardens open on 30th June, all of which are in Cookham Dean. 10am to 1pm Hill Cottage, School Lane, Cookham Dean SL69PQ 3 Royal Cottages, Cookham Dean (close to the the Mole and Badger/Sanctum) Meadow Croft, Sterling’s Field, Church Road SL69PQ 11.30 to 1pm Sterling’s Lodge, Sterling’s Field, Church Road, SL69PG Vine Cottage, Dean Lane, Cookham Dean (parking possible in the Chequers car park opposite) The owners will be there to talk about their garden and the ideas they have put into practice. There will also be refreshments at Hill Cottage in aid of WildCookham and Clink, a charity helping prisoners and ex-prisoners with gardening. If you are considering entering for this year's Awards, this is the perfect opportunity to get some ideas! See you there. There will be a poster on the houses where the garden is open.

Glowworm safari.

Chequers Brasserie

This is a real treat! Come and join our ever popular glowworm safari led by expert Robin Scagill. Robin will give us an introductory talk on glowworms then lead us through the places where the glowworms hang out. This will probably include a careful stroll around the Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve where we hope to spot some glowworms and maybe some other nocturnal critters. Do bring a torch - it will be very dark! Last year we also spotted hedgehogs in the grounds of the Chequers after the glowworm walk, so do park carefully if you're driving! Meet outside the Chequers at 9.30pm. (Assuming it doesn't change hands between now and then!) Children welcome. No dogs please. Please bring a torch and a camera if you want to photograph these amazing creatures. This is a free event but please do consider making a donation (£3 suggested) in the box.

What's About Cookham... Summer holiday walk.

National Trust - Cookham Moor

Join us for another What’s About in Cookham on Tuesday 13th August starting at the National trust car park at Marsh Meadow at 10am. Brian Clews will lead a group of about 15 of us into the unknown to see what wildlife we can find. Bring suitable footwear (terrain not suited to wheelchairs or pushchairs), binoculars and £2 for the meter! The walk will last about 2 hours or so and whilst there is no charge for the actual walk, donations on the day help us to run our programme of events throughout the year. Suggested donation £3.

Past events (90)

Summer Butterfly and Wildflower walk

Winter Hill

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