• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. Their wood hosts a fabulous array of these iconic spring flowers: David will give an introduction to the wood, the special conditions that support the bluebells and how they go about ensuring that the flowers remain in such a healthy condition, and you'll be able to wander through the wood. We will also have a chance to learn a little about their wild flower meadow. Refreshments will be offered after the walk. There is hard standing parking half way up the drive. Please use this: there is limited parking at the top of the drive for the less mobile. Wear suitable footwear. This is a private garden, so no dogs please.

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  • Battlemead: All hands on deck to create the new hedge! Part Three

    We need arms and legs! Over the next two weeks we need to plant 4000 whips (small trees) to create a hedge alongside the Thames Path to protect the land at Battlemead recently acquired by the Council. We'll be working with RBWM and volunteer teams to get the job completed before the end of the ideal planting season. The first two outings are on 21st and 28th March and then this one. You are welcome at either of them for as long as you can give! Bring all weather clothing, sturdy footwear, and a spade and gloves if you have them. Also a flask and a snack or something to eat depending on how long you can give us. There'll be a designated leader in charge (not sure who it will be for this one but check when you arrive): accompanied children are very welcome - a great project for them to help with. No dogs please. The site is remote and we are hoping there will be a portaloo or two! Getting there involves some walking. If coming by car, please share as much as possible. Options are: i) park in small new car park by road over Widbrook Common or parking on or around Sheephouse Road and walk from the new car park across the fields to the river; ii) park in or around Islet Road, walk down the path to the river and then left along the Thames Path, or park at Boulters Lock carpark and walk along the Thames Path; iii) walk along the Thames Path from Cookham. If parking on a road please be considerate to local residents. The photo shows the pond on the site taken some time ago: part of the plans for the project involves restoring this.

  • Battlemead: All hands on deck to create the new hedge! Part Two

    We need arms and legs! Over the next two weeks we need to plant 4000 whips (small trees) to create a hedge alongside the Thames Path to protect the land at Battlemead recently acquired by the Council. We'll be working with RBWM and volunteer teams to get the job completed before the end of the ideal planting season. The first outing is on 21st March. There will be at least two further separate Meetups for this - this one, then again on 30th March: you are welcome at either of them for as long as you can give! Bring all weather clothing, sturdy footwear, and a spade and gloves if you have them. Also a flask and a snack or something to eat depending on how long you can give us. There'll be a designated leader in charge (not sure who it will be for this one but check when you arrive): accompanied children are very welcome - a great project for them to help with. No dogs please. The site is remote and we are hoping there will be a portaloo or two! Getting there involves some walking. If coming by car, please share as much as possible. Options are: i) park in small new car park by road over Widbrook Common or parking on or around Sheephouse Road and walk from the new car park across the fields to the river; ii) park in or around Islet Road, walk down the path to the river and then left along the Thames Path, or park at Boulters Lock carpark and walk along the Thames Path; iii) walk along the Thames Path from Cookham. If parking on a road please be considerate to local residents. The photo shows the pond on the site taken some time ago: part of the plans for the project involves restoring this.

  • Hedgehogs, bats and butterflies...

    Lea Barn

    Hedgehogs, bats (the noctule bat) and butterflies (specifically the white admiral) are just three of the 20 species that have been chosen to be part of the local Biodiversity Action Plan. Brian Clews, one of WildCookham's resident wildlife experts, will explain what action is taking place to help the bumblebees, kingfishers and slow worms and other species that are on the Biodiversity Action Plan. Other species include the oak tree, house sparrow, common toad, early purple orchid and the stag beetle. The range of flora and fauna on the list is very varied, some things are common and easily identified, others, like the great crested newt, are extremely hard to come by. This promises to be a very informative and entertaining talk on how we can save the planet, 20 species at a time! 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!

    Do you want to get your hands dirty on the Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve ? We are having another Meet Up to continue our good work there. Day : Sunday 24th March Time: 10 am – 3 pm, a couple of hours, or longer. Any time given is gratefully received. Where: Off Dean Lane, Cookham Dean – on the path from Dean Lane going up to Lea Barn Tools: Garden fork to continue to weed out the Periwinkles, garden gloves, secateurs, loppers and bow saws continue our pruning - please put some form of identification on your tools. Food: Please bring a packed lunch, tea and coffee will be provided Please feel free to visit the site prior to the 24th March to see the renovated pond, I look forward to meeting you all. Mike Day (Project Coordinator) 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. These sessions are hugely satisfying and great fun. Here's a film of our pond renovation team. https://youtu.be/niD4QRexRjc 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 right (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]

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  • 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/

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  • Battlemead: All hands on deck to create the new hedge!

    We need arms and legs! Over the next two weeks we need to plant 4000 whips (small trees) to create a hedge alongside the Thames Path to protect the land at Battlemead recently acquired by the Council. We'll be working with RBWM and volunteer teams to get the job completed before the end of the ideal planting season. This is the first outing. There will be at least two further separate Meetups - on 28th March , then again on 30th March: you are welcome at any/all of them for as long as you can give! Bring all weather clothing, sturdy footwear, and a spade and gloves if you have them. Also a flask and a snack or something to eat depending on how long you can give us. There'll be a designated leader in charge (for this one it is RBWM's Jason Mills - on[masked]): accompanied children are very welcome - a great project for them to help with. No dogs please. The site is remote and we are hoping there will be a portaloo or two! Getting there involves some walking. If coming by car, please share as much as possible. Options are: i) park in small new car park by road over Widbrook Common or parking on or around Sheephouse Road and walk from the new car park across the fields to the river; ii) park in or around Islet Road, walk down the path to the river and then left along the Thames Path, or park at Boulters Lock carpark and walk along the Thames Path; iii) walk along the Thames Path from Cookham. If parking on a road please be considerate to local residents. The photo shows the pond on the site taken some time ago: part of the plans for the project involves restoring this.

  • Wild about Gardens Launch Event

    Lea Barn

    The Wild About Gardens Awards are back again for 2019! Help Cookham become a community that is helping its wildlife to thrive. Small changes in your gardens, such as growing nectar rich plants, can make a big difference to bees, birds and amphibians. Our 2019 launch event takes place on 13 March at Lea Barn, so come along and learn how you can help. We hope that many more Cookham gardens will participate this year. Pam Campin will tell us about the 2019 scheme and Brian Clews will show us the variety of birds, butterflies and other insects that can be attracted into your garden with a little help from you. Tea and coffee will be provided. This is a free event, but as ever, donations will be gratefully received. (£3 suggested).