2024 NEWS

Events 2024


A Litter pick along the Emm Brook is undertaken on the first Saturday of every month. The next litter pick will be on Saturday 1st June at 10.00 . Meet at Dragonfly Bridge to the rear of Morrisons Supermarket, Woosehill RG41 3SN at 10:00. Please wear suitable clothing, footwear and gloves.Litter pickers and bags provided. Parking is available at Morrisons.

AGM 2024

 AGM This years AGM will be held on Monday 13th May at the Rose Room, Bradbury Centre, Rose Street Wokingham RG40 1XS from 19:00-21:30.

05/11/ 22


  Barbara Stagles English Oak In recognition of the role that Barbara Stagles played during the formation of FOTEB and her works with Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association (WDVTA) an English Oak (Quercus robur) was planted in Woosehill Meadows between the Community Orchard and the Wild Flower area.


Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association (WDVTA)will be holding their AGM on Monday 27th March at Wokingham Town Hall starting at 19.30. Click on the link for more details WDVTA AGM

21/10/ 22


TW Update Heath Lake

The latest update from Thames Water can be found by clicking on the above link


Balsam Bashing is being undertaken on the Emm Brook a little later this year. Due to some of the team being on holiday.  Balsam Bashers The Three Amigos will walk the Emm Brook from Area 2 to Area 8 removing Himalayan Balsam as they go.

18/03/ 22


 Community Orchard FOTEB working with the charity Freely Fruity planted 82 fruit trees (Apple,Plum and Cherry) in a community orchard in Area 5 between Dragonfly and Ripplestream Bridge.  Community Orchard Assisted by the children from the Windmill School, Laura Buck from WBC, , Kathryn from My Journey Wokingham(WBC) and other volunteers. Good to see it happen.  Community Orchard The Team from FOTEB keen to get started.Photos courtesy of Freely Fruity and WBC.


 AGM This years AGM was held on Monday 9th May 2022 at the Rose Room, Bradbury Centre, Rose Street, Wokingham RG40 1XS from 19:30-21:30.

02/04 /22

 Litter Pick April April's litter pick in Area's 4 & 5 to the rear of Morrisons , was completed on Saturday 2nd April . Apprxiamately 12 people helped and in 2 hours 15 bags of litter were removed from along the Brook(mostly bottles) including a safe and a couple of old road cones. Thanks to all that attended.

05/03/ 22

 Litter Pick A litter pick in Area's 4 & 5 , was completed on Saturday 5th March . Apprxiamately 15 people helped and in 2 hours 18 bags of litter were removed from along the Brook. Thanks to all that attended.

23/12 /23


Big Garden Birdwatch is fun, free and for everyone. And you donít need a garden to take part! Counting birds from your balcony, or your local park will play a vital role in helping us understand how UK birds are doing. Sign up for your free guide and letís look out for birds together on 26-28 January 2024. Click on the link for more details Big Garden Birdwatch

25/12 /21


FOTEB in conjunction with Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) , South East Rivers Trust (SERT) and Freely Fruity are constructing a Community Orchard in Area 5. It would be located in the area behind Morrisonís supermarket, adjacent to where the original wildflower meadow was on the east side of the Brook running parallel to Arthur Road. Its location is shown here.  FOTEB Possible Community Orchard Location

To contact us with any comments please click on the link info@foteb.org.uk



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 at 09:00. 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.


On the second Sunday of every month Lavell's Wetland Trust formally Friends of Lavell Lake (FOLL) run a guided bird walk around the park covering Area 10 of the Emm Brook. Routes will vary depending on the time of year and last up to three hours. Wear suitable clothing as at times paths can be very muddy. We meet at 9am in the car park on Sandford Lane (opposite the Dinton Activity Centre entrance) and ask for a donation of £1 with no charge for children. For more information visit the FOLL website . Click here

Car park charges apply.

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



The month of May is a wonderful time to see wildlife on and around the Emm brook. As spring slips into May, many of our resident birds are on eggs or feeding young, most summer migrants are singing to defend territories and attract mates but a few are still to make their entrance.



Our summer migrants are here and their songs are mixed in with the residents. Summer specialities such as Cuckoo, Swifts and Swallows bring a special edge to wildlife watching. Cuckoos can sometimes be heard calling at Riverside Walk but are more reliable adjacent to the Emm brook at Lavells Lake LNR. Warblers fill the woodlands and hedgerows . In the open spaces alongside the Emm Blue Tits, Great Tits, Robins, Blackbirds and Song thrushes lead a frantic life seeking food for the insatiable appetite of their young. Another summer migrant the Hobby can be seen feeding on damsel and dragonflies over the Emm particularly adjacent to the old golf course at Dinton Pastures.


If you hear a thump against the outside of a window on a May night it may well be a Cockchafer beetle. This is one of our largest beetles and the brown, slightly fury adult appears in May, and heads towards street lights and lit windows in search of a mate. The pupae live for two years as plump 'c' shaped larva in the soil and form an important food source for rooks and crows.

By mid May Dragon and Damselflies have started to emerge and quickly go about breeding.May is a great time to spot Nursery Web spiders. Usually found basking on nettles, holding their 2 front legs together. Females carry egg sacks with them, before making a silk nursery for the spiderlings to hatch in.

Mayflies also emerge on sunny days in May


Common Blue

Amongst the insects that have already emerged are some of the blue butterflies such as Holly Blue and the Common Blue. Common Blues feed on the flowers of the pea species, but the adults only have a short three week life span. However as there are up to three generations in one year you get a number of chances to see this beautiful butterfly.

Other Wildlife

As the light fades, many birds become less active, but another set of predators, the Bats, take over to exploit night-flying insects. Most widespread is the diminutive Pipistrelle which catches thousands of small insects each night to maintain its body weight of just 5 grams. Bats use their sonic location equipment to hunt them out. In gardens strange noises emerging in the night may well be mating Hedgehogs.

Plants & Trees

Many of the trees and hedgerow shrubs were breaking into leaf by the middle of April and are now festooned with bright, fresh almost iridescent young leaves. The Blackthorn flowers are over and have turned brown, but the Hawthorn flowers (or 'may') provides breathtaking white ribbons crisscrossing the countryside and lining even the most uninspiring roads. Towards to end of the month the Elder also flowers with big saucers of tiny flowers. The Ash is one of the last to break into leaf. Its mat black hard casings eventually split to reveal the new expanding growth below. The Ash will be one of the first to lose its leaves too,.

Cow Parsley is now profuse in the hedgerows and river bankwith its white umbellifer flowers . Red Campion and Greater Stitchwort replace the early spring flowers.

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

For todays Emm Brook weather Todays Weather

For todays Emm Brook sunrise and sunset times Click here


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

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