What we're about

Wild Maidenhead is a new local group set up to discover, celebrate, support and protect wild things and wild places in Maidenhead and the surrounding rural villages and countryside. Anyone who lives or works in Maidenhead can take part.

We will run planned and relatively impromptu meetups in 2017 in the Maidenhead area, from walks to talks to experiences and wild activities. There will be a small charge each time.

​As a group, we are interested in much loved, familiar species found in the area as well as rare, protected or threatened species. Hedgehogs, stag beetles, farmland birds, water voles, bees, owls, butterflies, house sparrows, wildflowers, swifts, dragonflies, slow worms, bats, house martins, frogs and toads and swallows are examples of local species that were once commonplace. In all cases, action can be taken to make a positive difference to the future for these and other species.

We help support wild places of every sort, from gardens and parks to wildlife reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). ​The group has been set up by people who live or work in Maidenhead and we are focusing on an area from Knowl Hill in the west, to Cookham in the north, Maidenhead town in the east and Fifield in the south, home to around 80,000 people.

The group brings together all those who have an interest in nature and wildlife and acts as a hub for a wide range of local organisations with specific local or species interests in a support role, for exchanging information, gathering data and sharing knowledge and experience.​Wild Maidenhead will work in partnership with residents, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) and its elected Councillors, schools, developers, Parish Councils, farmers, large landowners, other relevant non-wildlife groups, faith groups and businesses, to protect and enhance biodiversity in Maidenhead. The group will run events and projects to educate, inform, enthuse and engage. It will seek ways to ensure that biodiversity is taken account of in local decisions.

The group aims to produce a biodiversity assessment by October 2018, based on data sourced from group members and local residents, local experts, natural history groups, existing partner organisations and national organisations. Wild Maidenhead is apolitical and seeks positive and constructive dialogue with all those interested in, and with experience in, this topic.

Upcoming events (3)

Gardening For Wildlife with Wild Maidenhead co-founder Rachel Cook

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 Abou​t 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.

Special Bird Box event - get advice and see/buy boxes made by local volunteers

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.

'The Dragon and the Damsel' with Wild Maidenhead co-founder Brian Clews

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.

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