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 (2)

Launch of a community-wide plan to protect wildlife & biodiversity

Moor Hall and Conference Centre

Our environment matters. Come along to this event to discover how you can do more for it. Cookham residents are already taking a lead in making a difference for our wildlife. Around 20 WildCookham projects are encouraging more pollination, better habitats and more awareness. We need to do more. Come along to Moor Hall to learn how you or your community group can take part. Everyone has something to offer - all skills are useful to us - so please invite your friends, family and neighbours to make Cookham a community where all life matters. We're excited to be announcing a new initiative in Cookham Rise - Bee-Friendly - which we're hoping will become an annual scheme that will encompass the whole of the village in years to come! There will be a chance to meet those already volunteering, so don't be backward in coming forward - we need more volunteers! Take a look at this film that shows the difference our volunteers have made in 2019 at the Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=viqeg2xQX7Q As ever, this event is free of charge but we will be collecting donations. (£3 per person suggested).

Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve - dig for Cookham!

Do you want to make a real difference? Then come and get your hands dirty on the Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve! Help us continue to develop the Harris Woodbridge Reserve into a Wildlife Garden for the benefit of insects, birds, small mammals and us! Time: 10 am – 1 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 and secateurs, 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 meetup to see the renovated pond, which is now ALIVE with critters! Supervised children can come along, but no dogs please. These sessions are hugely satisfying and great fun. Here's a film to celebrate our first year of work at the reserve. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viqeg2xQX7Q&t=6s 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]

Past events (106)

Build a Bird Box

Lea Barn

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