This Month on the Emmbrook
What to look for if you are out and about in

APRIL

General

April is a fabulous month for wildlife, as the trees and shrubs burst into leaf with fresh, vibrant green foliage.

Birds

Redwing

The overwintering bird visitors such as Redwings and Fieldfares leave in April. The summer visiting birds that arrive to replace them include House Martins and many warblers such a Whitethroats, Sedge and Willow Warblers. The three birds that also return, and perhaps most signify summer, are the Swallow, the Nightingale and the Cuckoo.

Insects

Late in April the large black swarming St Mark's fly makes an appearance. It is a welcome food source for newly arrived migrant birds as well as residents. It is very noticeable as its longish black legs lazily trail below as it flies around. Some species of damselflies can also be spotted on warm days near the river.

Butterflies

Peacock Butterfly

Peacock, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood butterflies appear in April. Brimstone butterflies will already have been on the wing for several weeks, having over wintered amongst ivy as adults. As the garden comes alive once more as the soil warms up , Small Tortoiseshell butterflies and Peacocks flit between the flowers. They may also be found basking in the sun to absorb its warmth.

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Emmbrook Weather

Bernard Burton has been recording the weather alongside the Emm Brook since 1976. His weather station originally situated at Emmbrook Secondary School till 1996 and now at Emmbrook Junior School daily monitors the weather. For a more detailed anaylsis of the previous month's weather visit this link. Emmbrook Weather

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Newsletters

At their meeting in November 2010 the FOTEB management committee took the decision to discontinue the printed newsletters for members. This decision was not taken lightly since there is of course a tradition of keeping members informed of events and sightings by way of regular printed newsletters. However, knowing that the majority of members have internet access and are regular visitors to our website - and having received an increasing number of representations from members expressing a wish to receive literature in an electronic format - your committee felt that the time had come to cease the time-consuming and costly production of regular printed newsletters and replace them with an online noticeboard on our website.

Click on Archive page at the top of the screen to view one of the previous News letters.

Emm Brook River levels now on line

The Environment Agency Website now has a daily update on river levels of the Emm near Tesco's in Area 2

2017 FOTEB EVENTS

FOTEB AGM

The 2017 AGM will be held on Monday 15th May at 19:30 at Woosehill Community Hal, Emmview Close, Wokingham RG41 3DA. Park in Morrisons car park.

BASH THE BALSAM 2017

Balsam Bash The Annual Balsam Bashing programme will be announced later in the year.

Himalayan balsam can take over large areas of river bank or damp habitat. As well as causing problems for native species, Himalayan balsam substantially increases the risk of riverbank erosion. It does this by stopping native bankside vegetation growing. The roots of these natives would bind the banks. With just balsam in the autumn, when it dies it leaves only bare soil that is easily eroded and washed away by rain or flood events. It is possible to eradicate Himalayan balsam (not an option with most invasive plant species) from infested river catchments because its morphology and life cycle display a number of weaknesses that are uncharacteristic of such high profile invasive species. These include:

the plant has an annual life cycle, meaning it germinates, grows, flowers, seeds and dies in the one year;

the tall plant has a shallow root ball so easily removed by pulling;

the plant has no natural defence mechanisms, such as thorns or bristles, to make pulling difficult or hazardous;

2017 NEWS

EMMBROOK LITTER PICK

1st April 2017 Litter Pick

As part of Wokingham Borough Council's Annual Spring Clean there was a litter pick on Saturday 1st April 2017. Approx 16 people attended. Pickers visited the open space around Emmbrook walk and the surrounding streets. In approx 2hrs ,10 full bin bags were filled with rubbish.

MONTHLY BIRD WALKS AROUND DINTON PASTURES 2017

A Date With Nature - Monthly Saturday morning walk 1st Saturday of each month Location: Meet in the Dinton Pastures main car park in Wokingham RG10 0TH. As the parking fee in the Dinton Pastures car park is £6 for 4 hours, the Local RSPB Group have arranged for participants to park for free in the car park of the Wheelwright Arms, which is close to the entrance to Dinton pastures but on the opposite side of the road. (Obviously, it would be appreciated if we give our custom to the pub RG10 0TR.) A three and a half hour walk around Dinton Pastures and Lavell's Lake (Area 10 of the Emm Brook) , suitable for everyone of all ages and we usually see/hear between 40 and 50 species of birds. Good cafe and toilets by the car park. Time: 9 am Price: £2 donation to the RSPB.

LOCAL DAWN CHORUS WALKS 2017

For a chance to hear the dawn chorus locally this year try a guided events. Both the Wokingham and Bracknell RSPB group and FOLL will take in some of Area 10 of the Emm Brook. An early start but well worth the effort.

FRIENDS OF LAVELLS LAKE DAWN CHORUS WALK,

22nd April 2017 Meet at Lavell's Lake car park on Sandford Lane at 04.45 Yes, it does say a 4.45 am start. Make the effort to get up early and you’ll have an experience that will stay with you for a long time. Stand in the silent darkness and be rewarded with hearing the dawn chorus rise to its wonderful crescendo. We will walk for two to three hours and if our luck holds we will not only hear the beautiful song of the nightingale but also be rewarded by a sighting. Note this event is on a Saturday. Adults £1 Children Free

RSPB Dawn Chorus Walk, 07/05/17

Location: Meet in the Dinton Pastures main car park in Wokingham RG10 0TH. As the parking fee in the Dinton Pastures car park is £6 for 4 hours, the Local RSPB Group have arranged for participants to park for free in the car park of the Wheelwright Arms, which is close to the entrance to Dinton pastures but on the opposite side of the road. (Obviously, it would be appreciated if we give our custom to the pub RG10 0TR.) Join the group for the annual early morning walk to listen to the glorious dawn chorus songs around Dinton Pastures. Try and catch sight of the elusive nightingales that visit the lakes each year. Time: 5 am Price: £2 donation to the RSPB. Telephone: 01344 861964