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)

Help finish our pond!

Dean Lane

Do you want to get your hands dirty again on the Harris Woodbridge Reserve ? We are having another Meet Up to continue the recent good work started on the Harris Woodbridge Reserve. Following some success in securing some capillary matting and some pond earth from Flowerland, and the recommendation from the Pond Management article to dredge the pond of the muck in it , we intend to start work on the Pond, we most probably won't be able to do it all and it is going to be a bit of trial and error at first, also a bit smelly! Please can you bring along your wellies, rake, spade/trowel, I will get some sharp sand that we intend to mix with the pond earth and Clare will bring along the hessian bags she has made and pond earth (see attached diagram). I will have my wheelbarrow that we can fill the bags in. Day : Sunday 24th February Time: 10 am – 3 pm, a couple of hours, or longer Where: Off Dean Lane, Cookham Dean – on the path from Dean Lane going up to Lea Barn - Map ref:[masked] Please bring a packed lunch, tea and coffee will be provided Please feel free to visit the site prior to the 24th February, I look forward to meeting you all. Mike Day For health and safety reasons at this early stage, I'm afraid we have to stipulate NO CHILDREN and NO DOGS. This is due to sharp tools and unknown terrain. How to find the Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve: Off Dean Lane, Cookham Dean – 50 yards after Warners Hill in the Marlow direction, turn right at the last house on the rght (called Warners), take the path on the right of the track. Go up hill for 150 yards with the field on the right, where the field ends there is a wooden fence leading you to the gate into the Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve.- Map ref:[masked]

Wildlife photography workshop

Lightlands Lane

Here's another opportunity to spend a morning with a hugely talented wildlife photographer. The session will be led by local award-winning photographer and WildCookham supporter Mick Vogel. It follows a very successful session with Mick last summer. He'll be giving tips on how to get the best wildlife and wild habitat photos. Whether you have a Smartphone camera, a little point and shoot or an all singing and dancing Nikon or Canon, you'll learn something to get the best out of your photos. And you'll then have one month to use your new skills to take photos for the 'Wild About Cookham' competition and exhibition at the Cookham Festival (full details including prizes at www.wildcookham.org.uk). Bring your camera to get the most out of the session. And it's open to all ages. No fee to attend but a donation will be welcome. Take a look at Mick's amazing photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mickvogel/

Bluebell Walk

Little Harwood

Very generously, David and Margaret Harrold are opening up their garden for us to come and enjoy a springtime stroll through their 16 acre bluebell woodland. Wear suitable footwear. This is a private garden, so no dogs please.

Dawn Chorus walk.

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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! This event is free, but please consider making a donation in the box (£3 suggested).

Past events (74)

Bumblebees!

Lea Barn

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