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)

Autumn Wildlife Garden Walk at Waltham Place

Waltham Place

*THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED* BOOKING FOR THIS EVENT IS VIA WALTHAM PLACE. PLEASE CALL THEM ON THE NUMBER GIVEN BELOW TO ARRANGE PAYMENT TO SECURE YOUR PLACE. Join us in the gardens and grounds of Waltham Place as we look at the characteristics of a nature garden that allows it’s wildlife to overwinter successfully until Spring. With local naturalist Brian Clews as our guide, helping to identify and understand the species we find. There is a charge of £7 for this event, which includes refreshments. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, please call[masked] to book your place and pay or email [masked] Proceeds to Wild Cookham Waltham Place is a fine example of what can be achieved through sustainable horticulture and agricultural practices. The estate covers 220 acres and encompasses ornamental and kitchen gardens, a farm and extensive woodlands.

An Action Plan to protect our local wildlife

Our precious wildlife habitats are under threat and much of this is due to ignorance. How can we best support our local community to encourage best practices and prevent the bad ones? This meeting aims to share your views and ideas of what we can do. For example, we could put leaflets about the do’s and don’ts of garden habitats maintenance in estate agent packs for people moving into Cookham. We could run education sessions for local professional gardening, landscaping companies and tree surgeons. We could provide advice on what to do - and what the law is - when you see someone wilfully destroying trees and other bits of our local environment. There is a lot we could do and it all takes time and resources so what do you think are the priorities? Your wildlife needs you. Please come and join us for this important discussion, led by WildCookham founder Cindy Barnes, and share your views. Tea and coffee will be provided. This is a free event, but as ever a £3 donation is suggested.

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Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve - dig for Cookham!

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