For some years, the Berkshire Ornithological Club has been working with Reading Borough Council, the Environment Agency, Thames Water, the Thames Valley Restoration Trust and Reading & District Angling Association to help design a wetland reserve just to the south of Reading centre, between the River Kennet and the Kennet & Avon Canal.
Reading Borough Council manage the island with the help of the “Friends of Fobney Island” volunteer group with support from the project partners to help maintain the site and provide on-going educational opportunities. To become a Friend of Fobney Island contact the Friends group at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the latest news, check the Friends of Fobney facebook page.
Wildlife monitoring: a summary of surveys of plants, birds, butterflies, dragonflies & damselflies, orthoptera, mammals, reptiles and amphibia can be downloaded (see right column). We would welcome further data for these and other taxa: please contact email@example.com
A plant survey in 2014/5 recorded nearly 200 species on the Island; over 100 species of birds are recorded each year; 15 species of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) have been recorded and five species of bats.