About Wild Maidenhead
Wild Maidenhead has been set up to help look after the wild things and wild places in our area. We want to discover, celebrate, support and protect our biodiversity, whether in the area's 3,000 acres of domestic gardens, or in parks, wildlife areas, nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).
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.
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 (see Map Contains OS data © Crown copyright 2016).
The group brings together residents 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 aims to work in partnership with residents, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) and its elected Councillors, developers, schools, Parish Councils, farmers, large landowners, religious centres, other relevant non-wildlife 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 in 2019 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.
Please contact us if you have knowledge, experience, skills or time to offer us.