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... Spring walk.

National Trust - Cookham Moor

Join Brian Clews for a morning stroll around the outskirts of the Village to see ‘What’s About’ now that spring is beginning to burst upon us. We will be starting at the National Trust car park on The Moor at 10am. (If you drive do bring £2 for the parking meter). Bring binoculars, and suitable clothing/footwear to match the forecasted weather. The walk will last about 2 hours or so and will return via The Teapot in the High Street for those who would like to pop in for refreshments. (Please leave a comment at the bottom of this page if you'd like to join us at the Teapot so we can advise them of numbers). There is no charge for the actual walk, but donations on the day help us to run our programme of events throughout the year.

Wild About Cookham Photo Competition Awards

Odney Club

See some great photos of Cookham wildlife and natural places and find out who's won in each category in the competition. It's organised by WildCookham and the Cookham Festival and sponsored by Renaissance Leadership. We'll also be showcasing the photos selected to appear in WildCookham's 2020 calendar. Drinks and nibbles provided.

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).

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 wildflowers and butterflies 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 a variety of flora and butterflies. We will walk past some of the most important ‘Flagship’ ponds in the south of England, home to some of our more unusual plants. Further on, to the chalk grasslands on Winter Hill also home to a variety of flowers and butterflies and finally on to the flood plains around Cookham providing yet another contrasting environment. Come armed with a bottle of water, cameras, suitable footwear for the forecast weather and any questions you may wish to ask. Wild flower books and binoculars might also come in useful. Expect beautiful flora and fauna and magnificent views of the Thames Valley at this particularly picturesque point.

Past events (84)

Bluebell Walk

Little Harwood

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