Fobney Island Wetland :: Shared Description
The first phase of the project, completed in 2011, was the creation of a new habitat; this was led by the Environment Agency. This ‘partnership project’ has been supported by the Environment Agency, Reading Borough Council, Thames Water and the Thames Rivers Restoration Trust with the aim of creating a nature-based recreation site.
In the first phase of the project the land was lowered to create wetland features that, at certain times of the year will be in connection with the river. This will improve the site for birds, bats, fish, reptiles and amphibians.
The river itself has been restored to a more natural state through the introduction of two new riffle features. Riffles are areas of shallow gravel substrate which provide ideal spawning grounds for fish species such as chub, dace and barbel.
On the south bank of the river tree works have been undertaken to let more light into the river channel. This will help plant species such as water crowfoot to become established.
Five trees have also been dropped into the river channel to create ‘woody debris’ features. These features will create more diverse flows within the river, and provide refuge habitat for juvenile fish.
A new footpath has also been installed on the site, and two bird hides have been built to provide views across the new wetland features.
In the second phase, started spring 2012, Reading Borough Council started to seed and plant the site with wetland and wildflower seed mixes. A ‘Friends of Fobney Island’ group has been created, further information is also available through the Borough Council’s Parks department.
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Created: Sun, 15 Apr 2012, Updated: Sun, 15 Apr 2012
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