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Loss of habitat is badly affecting bees, insects and birds, but we can easily make a real difference by planting wild flowers in our own habitats such as our gardens or in our streets. Our speaker, Rachel Cook, has singlehandedly transformed a small area of waste ground near her home in Maidenhead into a beautiful wildflower-filled patch buzzing with insect life. She regularly gives away young wildflower plants and seeds to Wild Maidenhead supporters. There is a knack to establishing wild flowers in an urban environment and Rachel will share her experience of what works locally, to best attract wildlife, with those at the talk. The talk will also be useful ahead of this year's Wild About Gardens awards in Maidenhead, where those with wildlife-friendly gardens can enter for an award for their work to support wildlife. The Wild About Gardens awards are being launched on 27 March. You are welcome to bring guests. This event is free to Wild Maidenhead members who have paid their £5 annual subscription, or there will be a suggested £3 donation from non-members.
Braywick Nature Centre
The birds in your garden will be looking for shelter from the cold and a place to nest this spring – they need bird boxes! Bisham Nest Box Group is holding an event at Braywick Nature Centre on Sunday 27th January 2019, in partnership with Wild Maidenhead, where you will be able to see and buy their range of boxes for garden birds, owls, kestrels, and swifts, as well as hedgehogs and bats. The Group members are all local volunteers and their boxes are sold at cost price. There will be experts on hand to answer your questions about siting, observing and maintaining boxes. Refreshments including homemade cake will be available. There will be a suggested £3 donation from all those coming (refundable if you buy a box!) to support the work of Wild Maidenhead and Wild Cookham. There is plenty of parking at Braywick Nature Centre.
One can hardly go birdwatching, or just a general countryside walk, without becoming aware of our amazing Dragonfly and Damselfly community. This presentation will look at the lifestyle of these amazing insects, the habitats they occupy, and dips into the basics of identifying some of them, as an appetiser to us all taking more note of them as they buzz around us. The event is free to Wild Maidenhead members who have paid their £5 annual subscription, or a suggested £3 donation from non-members. There is also the chance, on the day, to pay an annual subscription and attend the meeting for free. Members are welcome to bring guests.