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« on: July 03, 2019, 11:26:34 AM »

There are still four weeks left to join people across Cookham to make our gardens more friendly for Wildlife.  Do join us!

It doesn’t mean filling your garden with nettles!  We have 24 easy ideas including planting nectar-rich flowers, providing bug hotels and bird baths, creating all-year-round food - all of which will make a huge difference.

Last year 50 people entered their gardens to recognise their efforts through our award scheme. You only need four features to gain an award. In 2019 we would like to see 150 gardens get involved, and as one of our supporters, we would love you to take part.

Just pick up the list of recommended garden features from the Stationery Depot or find the on-line version at www.wildcookham.org.uk. The whole form is quick and easy to complete and will only take a couple of minutes.

Our closing date for entries is the 31 July and we are happy to answer any queries through the email: Cookhamwaga@gmail.com

 

Tip for early July - keep your poppies and let them seed - good for bees and birds.
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2019, 11:47:08 AM »

I'd really encourage everyone to get involved in this. Every garden is a potential nature reserve and I was amazed to find when I entered that I already had a lot of the recommended features: but with hardly any expense, and some pleasurable work, I managed to get nearly ALL of them available. But the real fun comes long after any award for what is done now, in the form of the creatures that you may see suddenly inhabiting the garden. Most British insects are quite small but once looked at closely, their markings are truly incredible. I spend ages on http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/gallery.html looking for the ones I find in my tiny garden and I've lost count of just how many I have seen. With fewer and fewer features for them in the wider countryside, our gardens are slowly becoming their final refuge. Let's make them welcome.
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