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)

Dawn Chorus walk.

Quarry Wood Road

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! Meet at 4.30am at Quarry Wood where Quarry Wood Road meets Grubwood Lane (SL6 9UB). There is parking at the corner of Quarry Wood Road & Grubwood Lane (4 cars) & also 200 metres down Grubwood Lane opposite houses (6 cars). This event is free, but please consider making a donation in the box (£3 suggested).

What's About Cookham... Spring walk.

National Trust - Cookham Moor

Join us for another What’s About in Cookham on Wednesday 29th May, 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.

Trip to Waltham Place

Waltham Place

This is a great opportunity to visit Waltham Place. 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. This tour, that starts at 1.30pm includes the Ornamental and Kitchen Gardens and costs £12 a head which covers entry into the Estate, a guided tour with the gardeners, plus refreshments at the end of the tour. At present we have only booked for 12 people – whoever pays first will get a place! Should there be a flurry of interest in this outing, we'll book another 12 places. So book your place quickly! If you want to come along please email Lynne at [masked] to arrange payment as we have to pay in advance. PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT PERMITTED

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 (86)

Wild About Cookham Photo Competition Awards

Odney Club

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