Wild Marlow News

  • August  2021

    We were all buzzing after a bee-filled morning on Sunday 15th August, with the High Wycombe Beekeepers Association 🐝

    Thank you to everyone who braved the surprisingly damp start to the morning and the kids all had a great time making their beeutiful creations!

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  • August  2021

    After a very successful first breeding year for Marly and Roy, our fabulous peregrine falcons, three brave Wild Marlow volunteers with strong stomachs, climed the spire of All Saints' Church to clear up - great job guys! 

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  • August  2021

    On Tuesday 10th August, some of our members had a very enjoyable walk through Marlow town learning all about our bumblebees 💚 The passion and enthusiasm from expert Adrian Doble and his wife Lesley was infectious! 🐝 Thank you!

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  • August  2021

    The Greenbelt land inbetween Marlow and Little Marlow is currently under threat from a massive industrial development, despite the land being allocated to the Little Marlow Lakes Country Park in the adopted Local Plan. On Friday 6th August we showed Marlow Camera Club around some of the biodiversity rich area, where they could see just how valuable the land is to the thriving wildlife. Let's hope the rainbow that put in an appearance is a positive sign that we will get to enjoy it for many years to come.

    More news on the development to come as and when available.

    #SaveMarlowsGreenbelt

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  • July  2021

    On 29th July we were thrilled to have local Moth expert Les Finch lead us in a Marvellous Moths event at Marlow Rugby Club. We learned so much about this important pollinating species, how to identify them and how to help them. Here is the list of species we spotted in the traps in just a short time:

    Small Magpie, Mother of Pearl, Box Tree Moth, Oak Hook-tip, Least Carpet, Riband Wave, Brimstone Moth, Swallow-tailed Moth, Common Wave, Pale Prominent, Ruby Tiger, Buff Footman, Dingy Footman, Common Footman, Miller, Coronet, Tree-lichen Beauty, Cloaked Minor, Dun-bar, Double Square-spot

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  • July  2021

    On 31st July the wonderful Wild Marlow volunteers took part in another workparty, creating habitats for wildlife. We were joined by some of the kids from Little Marlow village to build a fabulus bug hotel, as well as tidying up the car park area and creating some lovely log and brash piles.

    If you'd like to join us for our volunteer workparties send us an email and we'll add you to our volunteer list. 

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  • July  2021

    On Tuesday 20th July the Royal Swan Uppers arrived in Marlow as part of their annual census. This wonderful spectacle used to predominantly be a cerimonial event, but these days it is an important element of wildlife conservation. A flotilla of traditional Thames rowing skiffs, manned by Swan Uppers in scarlet rowing shirts and headed by The Queen’s Swan Marker, wearing a hat with a white swan’s feather, row their way steadily up the Thames.  ‘All up!’ they cry as a family of swans and cygnets is spotted, and the Swan Uppers carefully position their boats around the swans, lift them from the water and check their health.  The Swan Marker’s iconic five-day journey upriver has been an annual ceremony for hundreds of years, and today it has two clear goals; conservation and education.

    Swans are, of course, no longer eaten, but Swan Upping still takes place once a year on the River Thames.  The Swan Uppers weigh and measure the cygnets and check them for any signs of injury, commonly caused by fishing hooks and line.  The young cygnets are ringed with individual identification numbers that denote their ownership if they belong to the Vintners or the Dyers livery companies; they cygnets’ ownership is determined by their parentage. However, all Crown birds are left unmarked.  The Queen retains the right to claim ownership of any unmarked mute swan swimming in open waters, but this right is mainly exercised on certain stretches of the River Thames.

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  • July  2021

    Perfect sunny conditions on Sunday 18th July for our Beautiful Butterflies walk in BBOWT’s Homefield Wood this morning 🦋 A wonderful site for butterflies as 30 out of the 60 UK species can be spotted there during the season.

    We were thrilled to see 14 species in just over an hour! The purple emperor being the star of the show with the dancing silver washed fritillaries not far behind 💚

    Silver washed fritillary

    Ringlet

    Large skipper

    Small white

    Large white

    Marbled white

    Purple emperor

    Small or Essex skipper

    Brimstone

    Comma

    Green veined white

    Meadow brown

    Gatekeeper

    Red admiral

    We will be holding another guided walk with our local butterfly expert, on Sunday 8th August, so book your place to learn how to spot and ID these stunning creatures - https://www.wildmarlow.org.uk/events.php

    Also the Butterfly Conservation Big Butterfly Count is going on at the moment. Take 15 mins to count and record what you see - even a zero count is valuable to understand populations trends.

    So download your spotter sheet, grab a drink and sit in the sunshine all in the name of conservation citizen science 😎 https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/

     

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  • July  2021

    We were delighted to be involved in the first Eco-Schools Conference held on Monday 12th July. Unfortunately due to restrictions the conference had to go ahead online, but a wonderful 40min video was producted and streamed to all the schools participating across the Marlow area - Watch it here

    After choosing their top priorities, pupils and teachers from the primary schools took part in a Eurovision-style video call to report on their pledges. This revealed the top five eco-priorities Marlow’s primary schools as being:

    • make a home for bees
    • do more recycling
    • create a wildlife garden
    • become plastic-free
    • build a nature corridor

    Individual schools pledged to work on lots of other projects, including: creating eco-teams, reducing food waste, doing more outdoor learning, using solar energy, making a vegetable patch, turning screens off, walking and cycling more, and encouraging fair trade.

    We look forward to working with these schools in the future, helping to deliver their projects for wildlife.

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  • July  2021

    On Monday 5th and Thursday 8th July, we held Swift Screaming Party Walks to celebrate Swift Awareness Week.

    Although the weather conditions were far from perfect on the Monday, those that braved the rain were rewarded with some great displays. The weather was ideal for the follow up walk on the Thursday with even more fabulous displays. Local swift expert Catherine Day shared her knowledge and passion for these amazing birds and their incredible journey home every year to breed. We also learned what we can do do help these birds in fast decline, due to loss of breeding sites in our homes.

    When the weather is warm, these 'Red-Arrows-of-the-bird-world' displays should continue until the end of July, when many will be starting their migration back to Africa. Remember to look up at any time of day or evening while it lasts and enjoy the swifts’ aerobatics! 

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  • July  2021

    On Sunday the 4th July, we held a peregrine falcon event in the town.The summer sunshine may not have been with us, but the Marlow peregrine family certainly were and many people enjoyed viewing them live through the scopes provided, asking the experts questions, looking through video footage and the monitoring camera stills, telling the whole story of the sucessful breeding season this year. The three chicks are now thriving, learning to fly and hunt and will be independent in a few weeks, off to find their own territories. Now is the chance to go and see them on the spire of All Saints church, before they leave for good. Marly and Roy (Mum and Dad) will remain the the area and hopefully breed again successfully next year.

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  • July  2021

    On Saturday 3rd July, Wild Marlow attended the Marlow Market, to give away 74 dwarf sunflowers, to the residents of Marlow, adding to the community nature corridor pledges. 

    Our hope is that these plants for polinators, along with the additional pledges made, will create valuable food sources and habitats for wildlife across the town.

    Make sure you submit your pledge - https://www.wildmarlow.org.uk/wilder_marlow.php

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  • July  2021

    On Friday 2nd July, Wild Marlow did a sunset bat emergence survey at St John the Baptist Church in Little Marlow. 

    We were amazed at the numbers with 281 individuals counted coming out of just one gable end - incredible numbers.

    We believe there is a maternity roost there, of both common and soprano pipistrelles.

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  • June  2021

    On Sunday 20th June the Wild Marlow volunteers joined forces with the St John the Baptist Church in Little Marow to create some great new wildlife habitats in the church grounds. They now have two new stag beetle stumperys, two hedgehog homes, two bird boxes, some reptile stone piles, many log piles and a bug mansion. A really enjoyable workparty and we look forward to welcoming more wildlife and biodiversity into the village.

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  • June  2021

    Our Peregrine chicks have some new bling!

    The eagle-eyed amongst you may well notice Marly and Roy’s three chicks now have a ring on each leg. One ring is metal and one is orange-coloured plastic. These rings have individual numbers on them so after the chicks have fledged, if they are picked up on other webcams or by telescopic lenses, they can be identified as Marlow’s chicks from 2021. The leg rings are light-weight and have no effect on a bird’s ability to fly and do not interfere with feeding or breeding.

    Fitting identification rings to birds enables us to learn about their dispersal, life-cycle and population dynamics, all of which underpins the design of conservation strategies for their protection. The All Saints’ Church ringing joins a network of peregrine falcon ringing across the UK and the data collected about these chicks will join the national database to help us understand the species and hopefully support its UK growth.

    After decades of decline and persecution, Peregrine Falcons are now increasing in number in the UK. Typical lifespan is seven years though the oldest known bird was over twenty-one years of age.

    Wild Marlow will be hosting an informal Peregrine Falcon event on The Causeway on Sunday 4th July, so pop down and ask the experts questions - hopefully the chicks will be flying around by then 💚

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  • May  2021

    Wonderful bird walk this morning with Tony from Chiltern Rangers CIC and Paul from Bucks Bird Club. With their expert knowledge, passion and experience, they were able to help us ID so many of the birds we saw and heard:

    Chiffchaff

    Garden warbler

    Cetti's warbler

    Reed warbler

    Black cap

    GS Woodpecker

    Song thrush

    Great tit

    Moorhen

    Blue tit

    Goldfinch

    White throat

    Hobby

    Oyster catcher

    Lapwing

    Little ringed Plover

    Heron

    Wren

    Blackbird

    Common Tern

    Green Woodpecker

    Cormorant

    Kingfisher

    Dunnock

    Greenfinch

    Little egret

    Robin

    Mallard

    Swift

    Swallow

    Sand martin

    House martin

    Long tailed tit

    What a fabulous site Spade Oak Lake is, to see such a variety of species 💚

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  • May  2021

    22nd May - 

    Really lovely Wild Orchid Hunt this morning at BBOWT’s Homefield Wood, with Phillip and Chris who look after this amazing site 💚

    We were lucky enough to spot the military’s, just starting to display, along with early purple, greater butterfly, bird’s nest, common spotted, fly, white helleborine and twayblade - quite a haul!

    Looking forward to going back to see the different stages of display and the other species to be found at this incredible site - 11 different orchids here 💚

    For anyone planning on visiting please remember this is a very special sensitive site because of these wonderful plants. It is likely to be busy, but please stick to the footpaths, take only photos, leave only footprints and kill nothing but time 💚

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  • May  2021

    22nd May

    We have some sad news for you today. Unfortunately one of the peregrine chicks did not make it through the night. They appeared to be feeding well last night, but didn’t wake up with the others this morning 💚

    Whilst the prolonged cold and wet weather cannot have helped, there is no way of knowing for sure why it didn’t survive. Sometimes things are just not meant to be and we need to trust that Mother Nature knows best 💚

    The chick has been consumed and the remaining three chicks appear strong, so we hope they will be ok. A sad reminder of just how fragile the lives of newborns are in nature. There will be no grieving for this family, just a strong focus on doing their best to survive 💚

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  • May  2021

    Wonderful online talk delivered by Wild Marlow and RSPB Volunteer Catherine Day - Learn All About our Amazing Swifts

    Click here for the website details advised during the talk.

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  • May  2021

    13th May - Wild Marlow volunteers were out again this morning in Higginson Park, monitoring the nest boxes 💚 We saw mixed success results, probably as a result of all the recent rain washing caterpillars from the trees and it being colder than the average for this time.

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  • May  2021

    13th May - Amazingly the fourth egg hatched!

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    12th May - Third chick hatched overnight

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  • May  2021

    11th May - Two of the peregrine falcon eggs hatched. 

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  • May  2021

    10th May - Bird box monitoring session this morning in Higginson Park Wildlife Area 💚 Lots of tiny chicks to count 🐣 We also added three more bat boxes to the area 🦇

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  • May  2021

    Blue Tit nest cam is back fro another season. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for regular updates.

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  • May  2021

    Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, the wonderful Marlow Wombles set a challenge to collect 100 bags of litter, in and around Marlow, as part of the #CaptainTom100 challenge. Wild Marlow volunteers went out to help and collected 6 very full bags of litter in a rurual wildlife rich area. An amazing 130 bags were collected in total - a fantastic effort!

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  • May  2021

    🐝 WELCOME TO NO MOW MAY - The Much Wilder Marlow campaign supports Plantlife’s awesome national effort to help pollinators by putting our feet up and liberating ourselves from the lawn mower for a month.

    How can you help more?

    🐝 Show us your in by sharing this post.
    🐝 Influence your neighbour and tell them about 'No Mow May' on your street Whatsapp group.

    ‘Join legions of gardeners and say “no” to the mow this May to help our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us!

    Plantlife’s No Mow May campaign doesn’t ask you to do much. In fact, it asks you to not do anything at all…

    Just lock up your lawnmower on May 1st and let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom, providing a feast of nectar for our hungry pollinators.

    Let it grow… let it groooow…

    At the end of the month, on the Bank Holiday Weekend, join in with our nationwide “Every Flower Counts” survey to discover how many bees the UK’s lawns can feed. Not only will you receive your very own “nectar score” (which will tell you have many bees your lawn can feed), you’ll help us learn more about the health of the nations’ wild flowers.’

    Source: https://www.plantlife.org.uk/

    https://www.plantlife.org.uk/.../how-to-mow-your-lawn-for...

    #MuchWilderMarlow #NatureCorridorMarlow #noMowMay

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  • April  2021

    Much Wilder Marlow Launches

    The Much Wilder Marlow Campaign is all about how we can reshape our thinking about our outside space, for our benefit and for that of all the species that rely on it. Small changes can not only benefit the biodiversity of that space but support the building of a larger, more diverse and healthy nature corridor here in Marlow, while giving us joy, more well being and a greater sense of connection with nature.

    Let's get started - www.wildmarlow.org.uk/wilder_marlow

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  • April  2021

    On Monday 26th April, Wild Marlow volunteers took part in the first bird nest box monitoring session in the Higginson Park wildlife area, under the guidence of our local expert.

    11 out of the 15 boxes checked were occupied which is a really encouraging rate. One nest already had 11 eggs.

    We were especially pleased to see that two of the boxes we put up during our workparty on 6th March were occupied with eggs.

    If you are interested in helping with this monitoring project, please do get in touch.

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  • April  2021

    On Saturday 24th April we were treated to another lovely sunny morning for our workparty at Marlow Rugby Club. The club are looking to create a community nature reserve area on their grounds, so we went along to help with preparations. We cleared some of the dead wood, creating brash and log piles as well as some lovely stag beetle stumperies. We put up a number of bird and bat boxes, and did our usual litter pick. Great work from the Wild Marlow volunteers.

    There is a lot more work to be done, so check out the events page for details on future volunteer workparties, where you will be very welcome. 

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  • April  2021

    Marlow's Winged Celebrities Named

    The winner of Wild Marlow’s ‘Name the Peregrines’ competition is Brooke Prowse (age 11), who came up with the clever names of Marly (female) and Roy (male) in recognition of Marlow’s twin town Marly-le-Roi.

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  • 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 planted in the wildlife area of Marlow International on Globe Park

    - the wild flower patch in Higginson Park 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 on Saturday 13th March 💚

    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
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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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