Wild Marlow News

  • April  2021

    A couple of mini volunteer workparties took place on Sunday 11th April, helping to increase the biodiversity of the areas:

    - mixed native hedgerow whips were planting near in the wildlife area of Marlow International on Globe Park

    - the wildflower patch in Higginson ark was roped off to protect it from foot and paw prints as the seeds start to germinate

    If you would like to volunteer for any of our workparties, please do get in touch

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  • April  2021

    On Saturday 10th April, Wild Marlow and Marlow Wombles voluteers collaborated to carry out a litter picking blitz in and around Spade Oak Lake.

    An incredible 21 full bags of rubbish were collected - a fantastic effort but so sad to see how much had built up in this important Nature Reserve.

    If you'd like to volunteer at any of our work parties, please do get in touch.

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  • April  2021

    Egg number 4 arrives at 8.40 on the morning of 9th April

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  • April  2021

    Need something to do with the kids over the Easter holidays? Wild Marlow has something they will love – a wildlife poster trail 💚

    Twelve ‘Much Wilder Marlow’ posters have been pinned up on boards and in shop windows around the town centre. Go to https://www.wildmarlow.org.uk/wilder_marlow.php and check out the Google Map and hunt them down!

    To win a Much Wilder Marlow badge and postcard, all you have to do is guess the species shown on the picture behind the words, record the poster number and log the results, by 30 April, on Wild Marlow’s website at https://www.wildmarlow.org.uk/wilder_marlow.php and you will be told right there and then how to collect your prize!

    The Much Wilder Marlow Campaign, launching at the end of April, aims to reshape people’s thinking about Marlow’s outside spaces.

    Find out how you can help create Marlow’s largest nature corridor, with all the benefits of joy, greater wellbeing and a stronger sense of connection with nature. Connect with us via social media or at https://www.wildmarlow.org.uk/wilder_marlow.php

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  • April  2021

    Just after midnight on 7th April, egg number 3 arrived!

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  • April  2021

    Egg number 2 arrived at about 3pm on Easter Sunday - perfect timing!

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  • April  2021

    The Marlow peregrines have their first egg - on Good Friday, early in the morning the young female laid her first egg. 

    Peregrines usually lay 3-4 eggs, at 2-3 day intervals, so we look forward to seeing what happens.

    To see regular updates with video clips, follow us on social media or view on our YouTube channel.

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  • March  2021

    The Wild Marlow volunteers were out again in force on Saturday 13th March in the Wildlife Area of Higginson Park, planting 5 new trees.

    If you'd like to volunteer at one of our upcoming work parties, please do get in touch - contact@wildmarlow.org.uk

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  • March  2021

    Blue Tit nest cam is back for another year.

    Follow us on social media to see regular video updates from nest building, egg laying, brooding to fledging.

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  • March  2021

    On Thursday 18th March at 10am with Carla on Good Morning Marlow on Marlow FM, our very own Martin Robinson was interviewed talking about the Marlow Peregrines project at All Saints' Church and the work we have been doing in the Wildlife Area in Higginson Park.

    You can re-listen to the interview here

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  • March  2021

    A really interesting and informative online talk yesterday from Emily Millhouse, London Tails of Amphibian Discovery (T.O.A.D) Project Manager from Froglife, followed by Allan Staley, Henley Toad Patrol volunteer, giving us an update on the local project saving thousands of toads crossing The Henley Road at this time of year 🐸

    Check out their groups and consider supporting the incredibly valuable work that they do 💚

    For those at the talk, Emily promised to share a video about wildlife tunnels - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG-sWkwfswc

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  • March  2021

    A great morning for the Wild Marlow volunteer work party, at the Wildlife Area in Higginson Park this morning 💚

    Jobs for today included:

    🪵 Log piles for invertebrates

    🪲 A stumpery for Stag beetles

    🐦 Perches for Kingfishers

    🐍 Refuge sheets for reptiles

    🐣 Bird nest boxes put up

    🌼 Wildflower seed sown and watered in

    🗑 Four full bags of litter collected

    Great to be out doing practical tasks to help wildlife to thrive in this area 💚

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  • February  2021

    The camera monitoring system is now up and running, so we will be able to se if the Peregrine Falcons nest this year - fingers crossed!

    What an amazing view from their chosen spot - we can't blame them.

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  • February  2021

    In its first foray into online events, Wild Marlow presents ‘All About Amphibians’ at 7.30pm on Thursday 4th March.

    This will be an introduction to the amazing world of British amphibians with Emily Millhouse from Froglife, a wildlife charity committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles and saving the habitats they depend on. 
    Angelina Jones will also be there to talk about the incredibly successful Henley Toad Patrol, which every year saves the lives of thousands of toads crossing the busy approach road to Henley.
     
    The event is free via Zoom. Email contact@wildmarlow.org.uk to register. Spaces will be limited.

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  • February  2021

    Wild Marlow has installed a new nesting platform for the pair of peregrine falcons living high up on the spire at All Saints' Church. On Saturday, 20th February, Verity West from Wild Marlow, Martin Teague from Blue Chip Security Ltd and Andrew Carter All Saints' Church Steeple Keeper, climbed approx 25m (82 ft) to the place where the birds have been living since 2019. This is a new pair in a new territory, and Wild Marlow is hoping that they will soon start to breed.

    Verity said: “Peregrine falcons can take three years to breed successfully as a new pair in a new territory. We hope we’ve given this pair a helping hand with their new specially-designed nesting platform. We’ve also installed a camera system so that we can study the birds and make sure they thrive.
    “All Saints' Church has been hugely supportive of Wild Marlow and our wish to help and monitor these fantastic birds. We’d also like to thank Bob Keene at Bisham Nest Box Group, who built and donated the box.”

    Peregrine falcons are super-speedy. Among the fastest animals on the planet, they can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour when 'stooping' — diving down on prey from a great height. They usually capture their prey mid-air, taking birds like feral pigeons and collared doves. The peregrine falcon is a Schedule 1 protected species of The Wildlife and Countryside Act and is the UK’s biggest falcon. 
     
    The camera monitoring system at the church has been generously donated by Blue Chip Security Ltd: https://www.bluechipsecurity.co.uk/
     
    Bisham Nest Box Group can be found here: https://www.bnbg.org.uk/
     
    For more information on peregrine falcons go to:
    https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/peregrine/
    https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/birds/birds-prey/peregrine-falcon

    Once Covid restrictions allow and it is safe to do so, we plan to host a peregrine falcon public event, learning all about these fantastic birds from a Bucks Bird Club expert.

    We will also be running a fun 'Name the Peregrine Falcons Competition" for children to submit their entries during the Easter holiday.

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  • February  2021

    Love is in the air this February, as many birds start pairing up and looking for nesting opportunities in preparation to breed 💚 Now is the perfect time to do any repairs on your nest boxes or put up new ones.

    To celebrate National Nest Box Week 14-21 Feb, we are giving away one of these lovely homemade bird nest boxes that have been donated to us, to the first 5 new Wild Marlow members. Membership costs just £10 per year and helps us carry out our projects helping wildlife in the Marlow area. Sign up via our website - https://www.wildmarlow.org.uk/membership.php

    We also have a local volunteer group that produce some fantastic nest boxes for wildlife - Bisham Nest Box Group. Visit their website to look at what they offer - https://www.bnbg.org.uk/

    https://www.nestboxweek.com/

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  • January  2021

    The RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch is taking place on 29th-31st January 2021, is now in its 42nd year. It has become the world’s largest garden wildlife survey and is the UK’s biggest citizen science project. Almost half a million people in the UK took part in 2020. Take part this year and make it even bigger.

    Out Blog by Wild Marlow and RSPB volunteer Catherine Day, tells you all you need to know - https://www.wildmarlow.org.uk/blog_page.php?bid=47

     

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  • November  2020

    Statement

    20/07719/R9FUL | Temporary permission for continued use of the site for film-making purposes between 1st May 2021 and 1st November 2021. | Spade Oak Quarry Marlow Road Little Marlow Buckinghamshire SL7 3SB (Amended)

    Wild Marlow ‘deeply concerned’ for Spade Oak wildlife  ‘Clear net loss in biodiversity’

    We are deeply concerned over the future of the wildlife in and around the Spade Oak Lake area in Little Marlow. Temporary permission has been requested for continued use of the site for film-making purposes between 1st May 2021 and 1st November 2021.

    Currently an extensive building site is under construction near the lake, including huge marquees and parking in the adjacent fields. Objections from local residents mention a great deal of light, noise and vibration disturbance from vehicles travelling along the normally quiet road where the footpath crosses, day and night. Despite this, and objections including our own and from the Bucks, Berks, & Oxon Wildlife Trust, Little Marlow Parish Council supports the amended application.

    We believe there are and will continue to be significant negative impacts on wildlife, including protected species, as well as on the surrounding natural environment and habitats if the application is approved. There will also be a clear net loss in biodiversity if the plan goes ahead.

    We are particularly concerned with the following:

    •             roosting and foraging bats (European Protected Species)

    •             badgers

    •             wintering and breeding birds, especially on the ex-quarry gravel area including the little ringed plover; a bird listed on Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 (as amended) (protected from disturbance whilst nesting)

    •             amphibians 

    •             reptiles

    •             otters (European Protected Species)

    A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal was used to support the planning application. This report is the initial stage in an ecological assessment, determining habitats present and the likelihood for a site to support protected and notable species. The Appraisal makes very reasonable and clear recommendations for undertaking further surveys to determine the ecological baseline and likely impacts of any future development plans for the site, before a planning decision can be made.

    This further survey work (in relation to establishing the presence of protected and notable species) has not been undertaken and therefore an informed decision cannot be made. With regard to the possible presence of European protected species (bats, otters and great crested newts) the Local Planning Authority has not discharged its duty to consider these species fully, as per the requirements of the Conservation of Species and Habitats Regulations, 2017 (as amended).

    We therefore believe that the correct procedure has not been followed and that this further survey information is vital prior to a planning decision being made. The longer this development is allowed to continue on the site, the greater the damage will be.

    The area is also identified as a Country Park within the adopted Local Plan 2019 and emerging Local Plan, with policies specifically for the protection of the environment and amenity value of the area (RUR4). This application has an adverse impact on both the recreational opportunity and the biodiversity of the country park, thereby not complying with local planning policy.

    We are calling on Bucks County Council to deny the application on these grounds and will continue to lobby for the right decision.

     

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  • November  2020

    The perfect Christmas present is now available!

    Wild Marlow’s 2021 calendar is hot off the press and available to order here.

    The calendar features the winning pictures from three categories in Wild Marlow’s Photo Competition, the People’s Choice winner and nine other stunning photos. The images are testament to the extraordinary variety and beauty of the wildlife in and around the Marlow area.

    “Our calendars showcase some of the best of Marlow’s wonderful local wildlife. They’ll make great Christmas presents and we hope they will be enjoyed by many Marlow residents. We’re so grateful to everyone who supports us – thank you!”

    The calendars are £10 each, including delivery within Marlow. They can also be posted via Royal Mail for an additional £2 per calendar.

    All proceeds will go towards funding wildlife and biodiversity projects in Marlow and the surrounding areas.

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  • October  2020

    WIld Malow received some very generous support from Globe Print, located on the Globe Park Industrial Estate, in the form of publicity banners and the printing of the photographs for our recent exhibition. 

    We are very appreciative, thank you! 

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  • October  2020

    Mayor Richard Scott awarded prizes to the overall winner, Paris Losasso, whose ‘Sunset Fox’ also won the adult category; Kitty Hayward (15) with ‘Green Stops’, who won Senior School category; and Jacob Walker (7), who won the Junior School category with his picture: ‘Mute Swans of Marlow’.

    “The entries were extremely high quality,” Mayor Scott said. “It’s wonderful to see the extraordinary range of wildlife that can be found in and around Marlow. With the work of groups like Wild Marlow and many others in the town, I hope we can continue to encourage and preserve our precious environment.” 
     
    The winning photos from each of the three categories – and the People’s Choice - will go into Wild Marlow’s 2021 calendar, available soon from contact@wildmarlow.org.uk and in selected shops around the town. We will also be at the Transition Town Marlow Market on November 7th. The calendars would make great Christmas presents!

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  • October  2020

    We are delighted to announce the winners of our Photo Competition, launched in November 2019. The aim of the contest was to stimulate interest in and the appreciation of the wildlife and habitats of the Marlow area.

    “There was a fantastic response to the competition,” Eric Meek of Marlow Camera Club, one of the judges, said. “It was extremely difficult to judge, due to the quality of the entries. These photos demonstrate both the variety and beauty of the wildlife in and around Marlow, and the photographic skills of all of the entrants.”

    The winning photo for the Senior School Category is 'Green Stops’ by Kitty Hayward (aged 15)

    The winning photo for the Junior School Category is 'Mute Swans of Marlow' by Jacob Walker (aged 7)

    Both these photo are beautiful and it is so encouraging to see such talent and passion for wildlife in young people. 

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  • October  2020

    We are delighted to announce the winners of our Photo Competition, launched in November 2019. The aim of the contest was to stimulate interest in and the appreciation of the wildlife and habitats of the Marlow area.

    “There was a fantastic response to the competition,” Eric Meek of Marlow Camera Club, one of the judges, said. “It was extremely difficult to judge, due to the quality of the entries. These photos demonstrate both the variety and beauty of the wildlife in and around Marlow, and the photographic skills of all of the entrants.”

    The winning photo for the Adult Category and the Overall winner is 'Sunset Fox' by Paris Losasso. 

    This stunning photo will appear in our 2021 Wild Marlow Calendar for February and alos on the front cover.

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  • October  2020

    The Wild Marlow Gardens Campaign and Photo Competition closing date was 30th September.

    We have had some really great entries for both, so thank you for everyone that took part.

    We look forward to announcing the photo competition winners soon, but don't envy the judges job deciding!

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  • September  2020

    Did you know that the County flower of Bucks is the Chiltern Gentian? 💚

    One of the rarest wildflowers in the UK and only found on a small number of sites, mostly confined to The Chilterns - hence the name!

    This beautiful purple wildflower is currently flowering and can be seen at BBOWT's Homefield Wood, Marlow - it really is worth a visit 💜

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  • September  2020

    Due to the success of our first Fungi Foray on Sunday 13th September, along with the demand for places, we are pleased to offer an additional date:

    Fungi Foray - Sunday 11th October - 10am - 12pm approx.
    Location - Marlow Common

    "An autumn walk looking at fungi with Penny Cullington, county fungus recorder and secretary of the Bucks Fungus Group.
    This will be a very basic introduction to this vast and fascinating subject – no previous knowledge is needed. We will not specifically be focusing on or collecting edible fungi, but this subject will be covered as appropriate depending on what we find."

    In order to comply with guidelines to keep everyone safe, spaces will be limited to six people, so places are being offered to paid up Members of Wild Marlow as a priority. Booking is essential, please email contact@wildmarlow.org.uk

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  • September  2020

    We have recently taken delivery of 10 x Wild Marlow branded hi-vis vests donated to us by local business Blue Chip Security Ltd. We are very grateful to them for this kind and generous support, ensuring we are seen and safe at our public events.

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  • September  2020

    This September, Wild Marlow have been inspired by the fabulous Marlow Wombles, to support the Great British September Clean. 

    Litter is so hazardous to wildlife and a real blot on our beautiful landscape, so why not take part too and help Marlow Wombles keep Marlow tooking beautiful and safe. You can join organised litter picks or do a solo one. Even a 10 min pick could make a real difference to a little creature's life. #lovewhereyoulive

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  • August  2020

    Sadly at the beginning of the year, we had to cancel all our planned events in order to comply with Government guidelines. We are now pleased to be able to offer two small outdoor events:

    Fungi Foray - Sunday 13th September - 10am - 12pm approx.
    Location - Pullinghshill Wood, Marlow
    (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/pullingshill-wood-marlow-common/)

    Fungi Foray - Sunday 27th September - 10am - 12pm approx.
    Location - Pullingshill Wood, Marlow
    (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/pullingshill-wood-marlow-common/)

    "An autumn walk looking at fungi with Penny Cullington, county fungus recorder and secretary of the Bucks Fungus Group.
    This will be a very basic introduction to this vast and fascinating subject – no previous knowledge is needed. We will not specifically be focusing on or collecting edible fungi, but this subject will be covered as appropriate depending on what we find."

    Please bring a few lidded plastic containers for collecting.
    Please wear suitable attire for a woodland walk in British weather!

    In order to comply with guidelines to keep everyone safe, spaces will be limited, so places are being offered to paid up Members of Wild Marlow as a priority. Booking is essential, please email contact@wildmarlow.org.uk

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  • August  2020

    Have you ever wondered what wildlife visits your garden when you are not looking?

    We have a trail cam that we can loan out to Wild Marlow Members, for just £5 a week.

    Why not give it a try, you may well be suprised?

     

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  • July  2020

    Red Kites have been in the news a lot recently, but whether you love them or hate them, here is some advice on how we can help them and enjoy them, rather than fearing them 💚

    Red Kites are one of the greatest conservation success stories of the 20th century, being reintroduced between 1989-1994 after becoming extinct due to persecution at the end of the 19th century. Although they are a daily sight in Marlow, there very few places in England where they can be seen in such numbers.

    However at this time of year, some people become fearful of the Red Kites, as this normally timid scavenging bird, takes more risks as it tries to rear its young. There have been reports of picnics and small items (mistaken for food) being taken. This can be very frightening at the time.

    In order to help these birds, the RSPB and other groups advise people not to feed Red Kites in their gardens. This will prevent them from becoming reliant on regular human hand-outs, as well as encouraging them to disperse further throughout England. Also sometimes the food left out for them gets dropped in neighbouring gardens, causing H&S issues for pets and small children. While some may enjoy watching these magnificent birds swoop in to collect food, your neighbours may not! This practice also means the birds become used to scavenging in densely populated residential areas, where they cannot always tell the difference between what is left out for them intentionally and what is not.

    During the spring and summer months, when many of us like to venture outside for a picnic, we suggest you take the usual precautions as you would protecting your chips from gulls by the seaside. Red Kites are hungry and opportunistic, so if you leave it out on display for them, they will probably have a go. They are not trying to attack humans or pets, they are just trying to eat and rear their young. So keep an eye out for them above, cover up food when not attended and do not leave the scraps behind.

    We hope you find this information useful and hope it helps us to live happily and safely with these wonderful birds 💚

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  • June  2020

    Martin Robinson from Wild Marlow gave an interview on BBC London News on Monday 29th June, about the Red Kites in Marlow and what we can do to help them. 

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  • April  2020

    30 Wild Marlow Days - April 2020

    Our daily posts have been moved to here https://www.wildmarlow.org.uk/wmd.php

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  • April  2020

    The Wild Marlow Gardens Campaign, launched in April 2020, aims to encourage residents in Marlow and the surrounding villages to help welcome wildlife into their gardens.Domestic gardens, no matter what size, are mini nature reserves and provide vital corridors for wildlife to thrive. There are an estimated 24 million gardens in the UK so how they are cared for can make a huge difference. Our gardens form a vast living landscape.

    Gardening for wildlife doesn’t necessarily mean leaving it to grow into a jungle, but there are many small things you can do to make your garden accessible to all. The Wild Marlow Gardens Campaign focuses on 4 key areas:
    Garden management – e.g. chemical free, highways, composting
    Wildlife food features – e.g. nectar rich planting, fruits and berries, feeders, herbs
    Wildlife shelters – e.g. boxes, log piles, bug hotels, long grass
    Water features – e.g. ponds, bogs, water butts

    By making small changes in your garden you will be helping to improve the health and biodiversity of our local area.
    With the campaign, Wild Marlow will award gold, silver and bronze award certificates to those who satisfy three different levels of criteria.
    The gold certificate holders, if also Wild Marlow Members, will be eligible to purchase a Wild Marlow Blue Heart for just £10, to display in their garden or wildlife area. The Wild Marlow Gardens Campaign supports the national BLUE campaign, which has been running since 2014, promoting the rewilding of gardens and other open spaces across the UK.
    Wild Marlow will be posting information on what you can do via our website, Facebook Page and Facebook Group.

    To take part in the campaign, download the guidance forms and submission sheet on our website www.wildmarlow.org.uk. Make the required changes in your garden and submit the form to us online or via email. Entry is free to all and we encourage everyone to take part. If you have queries or need advice, please do email us contact@wildmarlow.org.uk.

    Away from domestic gardens, Wild Marlow hopes to be able to offer larger Wild Marlow blue hearts for display in recognition of wildlife friendly environments and practices in other open spaces such as parks, road verges, churchyards, school grounds and commercial properties.

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  • March  2020

    Wild Marlow managed to deliver 2,175 packets of native wildflower seeds to all the primary school children in Marlow just before the schools closed. There were also a further 300 sent home with pre-school children. We do hope the children enjoy planting these seeds with their families and witness the wildlife that will benefit from them. Leftover packets were then included in some Seed1/Marlow Green food box deliveries recently. A lovely little suprise for some!

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  • March  2020

    Wild Marlow's Nick went along to Spinfield Primary School to give an assembly to the children. It was very well received and the kids really enjoyed learning more about wildlife in and around Marlow. They especially enjoyed seeing the newts and frogspawn he took along for the morning.

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  • March  2020

    Wild Marlow along with Bisham Nest Box Group, went along to 3rd Marlow Guides on 4th March to provide a Bird Box Building Workshop. The girls showed some excellent tool skills and an amazing 16 nest boxes were built. The Great Tits, Blue Tits and Robins will be pleased. We loved hearing about everyone's favourite native wildlife too! 

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  • March  2020

    Wild Marlow, Marlow Wombles and Softcat with other employees from Globe Business Park, spent a very productive hour on 4th March, litter picking the area. There was great enthusiasm considering the weather and a large amount of litter was collected. It's is really encouraging that so many people and businesses care about our local environment and take steps to look after it. Thanks everyone!

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  • March  2020

    The Wild Marlow Team spent an evening stuffing 2,500 envelopes with native wildflowers seeds, ready to be given to every Marlow primary school child.

    We hope the gift will encourage children to plants the seeds, watch them grown and see which species use them for food and shelter.

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  • February  2020

    On Sunday 23rd February Wild Marlow went to support Transition Town Marlow with the expansion of their Community Orchard in Seymour Park. Lots of volunteers turned up to help with the preparation, digging, planting, naming, pruning, etc. It was a great fun morning, if a little windy. Can't wait to see the fruits of our labour!

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  • February  2020

    Verity from Wild Marlow went along to meet the new MP for Marlow, Joy Morrissey MP at her Marlow surgery on Friday 21st February. They discussed some wider environmental issues such as HS2 and the new Environment and Agriculture Bills, but also spoke about the work Wild Marlow are doing in the local area as well as some of the upcoming events. If you have any concerns regarding local environmental issues, Joy is keen to hear from her constituents and is supportive of "green" initiatives. She even name dropped Wild Marlow in Parliament recently (https://twitter.com/joymorrissey/status/1225407146109685760) and has signed up as a Member, so you may well bump into her at one of our events.

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  • February  2020

    Martin from Wild Marlow was interviewed on Marlow FM's Mid Morning Matters Show on Wednesday 19th February. He spoke about Wild Marlow, who we are and what we do, whilst talking about our exciting upcoming events. He also gave some great tips on how to encourage wildlife into your gardens including digging a pond, feeding birds and installing nest boxes.

    You can listen to the show via Marlow FM's website www.marlowfm.co.uk/listenagain

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  • February  2020

    On Wednesday 12th February, Wild Marlow hosted an evening event on How to Help our Feathered Friends.

    First we were joined by Paul Warham from Bisham Barn Owl Group, who gave a really fascinating talk about the species of Owls we can see in our area (Tawny, Barn & Little) and the different types of nest boxes they prefer, with some particularly gorgeous photos. He even threw us a curve ball with some Kestrel chicks! We learned about the habitats required for Barn Owls to thrive and how easily they can be affected by weather, vole populations, loss of habitat and human interaction. There were some fascinating facts and figures on the monitoring project Bisham Barn Owl Group are undertaking in the Middle Thames area, providing some vital information on the breeding and dispersal within the area. One of the leading Barn Owl projects in the UK. For more information on the Bisham Barn Owl Group www.bishambarnowlgroup.blogspot.com.

    Next up was Bob Keene from Bisham Nest Box Group, talking about the great work they do locally, building and installing wildlife nest boxes of all shapes and sizes. They also help with fun family friendly workshops for people to make their own boxes from kits to take home. They have many boxes available for sale, so have a look at their website if you think you have the suitable space to install a box for garden birds, raptors, swifts, hedgehogs & bats. www.bnbg.org.uk

    Finally we were treated to an entertaining and interesting talk from Jan Stannard, from Maidenhead, Marlow & Cookham Swift Group. The Swift is often unobserved, as they fly so fast and high and sometimes confused with Swallows and House Martins. However they can frequently be seen in and around Marlow from April to August, having 'screaming parties', especially at dusk. Their numbers are in fast decline due to loss of habitat as a result of development and building refurbishment. Swifts love to nest in the eaves and roofs of buildings, so consider installing a nesting box to help prevent further decline. These lovely birds travel to the UK every year from Africa, so would appreciate a safe and cosy place to breed.

     

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  • February  2020

    Wild Marlow were warmly welcomed by the regular stall holders at the Transition Town Marlow Market on Saturday 1st February. The sun encouraged lots of visitors, who were treated to a stunning snowdrop and crocus display on The Causeway, to the bustling market and associated Repair Café. Many were keen to talk to us about who we are and what we do. We signed up some new members who were keen to support us and attend some of our upcoming events. We are also pleased to meet our new MP Joy Morrissey, a fan of bird watching, who was so supportive of Wild Marlow she signed up as a Member. We hope to welcome her and her family to our How to Help our Feathered Friends evening on Wednesday 12th February.

    Joy will be holding regular surgeries in Marlow, where she is happy to discuss all things green within her constituency, so do make an appointment and raise your concerns and hopes for wildlife and the environment.

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  • February  2020

    Wild Marlow went along to join The Henley Toad Patrol on Saturday 1st February, to help with the installation of the barrier on the Marlow to Henley Road, saving many lives.

    Nick says “It’s been an education already. The barrier stops the toads from being squashed on the road. The toads stop and sit and wait at the barrier. Volunteers collect them every evening to get them lifted over the busy A4155 road so they can walk onwards to the pond near the river. They lifted about 7000 last year, effectively saving thousands. These lovely creatures only come out at dusk and can walk up to 5km to spawn and then return to their ground burrows to feed. It’s not just toads but also newts so if you would like to see and handle them do join up and as the team tell me, have some fun in the process.”

    Did you know?
    Our cities and towns pose a threat to common toads; busy roads often block migration paths, making it difficult for them to reach their breeding ponds. It is estimated that 20 tonnes of unlucky toads are killed on the UK’s roads every year. If more than 1,000 toads are known to hop across a road in a particular spot, it is dubbed a 'toad crossing'......”

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  • January  2020

    On New Years Day morning Wild Marlow were very warmly welcomed to the Winter Birding Walk at The Spade Oak Nature Reserve In Little Marlow, hosted by East Berks RSPB Group. Although the weather was overcast, it remained dry and an impressive 61 different species of bird were spotted. You can read the full report here - http://www.eastberksrspb.org.uk/calendar/60/322-Little-Marlow-Gravel-Pits-2020-br-New-Years-Day-morning-walk/.
    Check out their list of other outings for this year, to improve your birding knowledge, everyone is welcome in this friendly group.

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  • January  2020

    Wild Marlow held their first Bird Box Workshop on Saturday 11th January, with the help from Bisham Nest Box Group https://www.bnbg.org.uk/. The event was very well attended by all ages and a total of 31 boxes were made on the day, with 6 box kits taken away to be made at home. What fantastic news for the garden birds of Marlow.

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