2021 NEWS

25/04 /21


Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 2nd – 8th May this year and it aims to raise the profile of the Britain’s only spiny mammal. This year the Charity is asking people create their very own hedgehog haven! , just visitHedgehog Awareness Week

09/04 /21


Wild About Gardens is back for 2021 and this year we're wild about... Beetles! Working in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts, Wild About Gardens aims to get the nation gardening for wildlife and this year we're asking you to help Bring Back Beetles. There are over 4,000 species of beetle in the UK alone! Beetles are a vital part of any wildlife garden. They will munch on garden insects like aphids and snails, whilst acting as food for our larger garden visitors such as hedgehogs and birds, but sadly they are under threat. Read the Wild About Gardens booklet to learn more about our brilliant beetles, and take a pledge to support them in your green space. Head to the Wild About Gardens website to find activities, advice and the chance to win some RHS gardening prizes, just visit Wild about Gardens

04/03 /21


This new report on the state of Britain's macro-moths, which uses data from the National Moth Recording Scheme and the Rothamsted Insect Survey light-trap network, is available for download from the Butterfly Conservation website at the link here. The State of Britians Larger Moths While it is a bit of a mixed picture, overall the story is mostly of continued declines, with the main causes thought to be habitat destruction, farming practices, climate change and light pollution.

27/02 /21


 Scrub Clearance Some clearance works have been undertaken as part of the Emm Brook restoration project. Contractors working for the South East Rivers Trust removed scrub from the path of the channel.

15/02 /21


FOTEB are working in conjunction with the South East Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency to restore a historic channel to improve fish passage and biodiversity on the river. The Planning Application submitted to Wokingham Borough Council can be seen by clicking the following link. Emm Brook Restoration Project Planning Application

04/02 /21


Moth Night 2021 takes place between

8th and 10th July. The theme for 2021 is Reedbeds and Wetlands; these are important habitats for many species throughout the British Isles, perhaps best known amongst birdwatchers for enigmatic species such as Bittern, Bearded Tit and Marsh Harrier in reedbeds, and breeding wildfowl and waders on wetland habitats. July is a particularly diverse time for moth populations in these habitats so why not get out to your nearest site and see what is on the wing? To encourage daytime activities we are also going to be accepting records made during daylight hours .You can find out more about National Moth Night on their website. National Moth Night

13/01 /21


FOTEB are working in conjunction with the South East Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency to restore a historic channel to improve fish passage and biodiversity on the river. You can find out more about the project by clicking the following link. Emm Brook Restoration Project

04/01 /21


One event that can go ahead this year during the pandemic is the Big Garden Birdwatch.It easy all that you have to do is:

1:Pick a time

You can choose any hour between 29 and 31 January. So whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you can still take part.

2:Tell us what you see

Count the birds that land in your garden or park, or on your balcony. Ignore any birds that are still in flight. To avoid double-counting, just record the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not a running total.

3:Submit your results

Online: You can submit your results online at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch from 29 January until 19 February. By post: If you’d rather send your results by post, you can download a submission form below. Please post your results to us before 15 February. Every count is important so, if you don’t see anything, please still submit your result. Finding out which birds don’t visit your area is as important as understanding those which do! You can find out more about the Big Garden Birdwatch from the RSPB on their website. Big Garden Birdwatch

Events 2021

04/01/ 21




Cancelled until further notice

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.


Cancelled until further notice

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



In June summer is in full swing, with mid-summer officially heralded on the 21st of this month with the solstice also known as "the longest day". The countryside is lush and the hedgerows, meadows and woodlands are bursting with growth. Trees are now all fully in leaf. The Hawthorn blossom starts to fade, but the Elder comes into bloom.



Parties of Swifts can be seen and heard schreeching high over Riverside Walk and Swallows can be seen swooping low over the grassed areas. The birds are singing less now as the breeding season is in full swing and their preoccupation is finding enough food to satisfy their nestlings. Young birds can be seen relentlessly demanding food from the worn out adults.


Banded Demoiselle (Male) title=Banded Demoiselle (Male)

A walk along the banks of the Emm brook may well result in a flurry of wings of the Banded Demoiselles, as they take to the air. These damselflies emerge in early June, and will normally fly on and soon settle once again on another leaf. By mid June all damselfly species will have emerged as adults. Breeding adult male Stag Beetles emerge in May or June, depending on the weather, followed shortly after by the females. The Stag Beetle is Britain's largest insect and one of the most well-known of all the beetles. The male is easily recognised because of his mouthparts which have evolved into enormous jaws, resembling the antlers on a stag's head.

Soldier Beetle Soldier Beetles are very much in evidence.One common British species is bright red, reminding people of the red coats of soldiers, hence the common name. They are often seen in large numbers in June and July on flower heads of cow parsley and hogweed. It's quite rare to see them singularly. More often they are seen as mating pairs.


Most of the common garden species can be seen in June, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Small, Green Veined and Large Whites, Orange Tip, Meadow Brown and Holly Blue should be present searching out nectar bearing plants, we should also start seeing migrant Painted Ladys and Red Admirals.


June is also the best time for Hawkmoths , Bufftips and Emperor Moths There are plenty of common garden moths to be found in June and a look in your greenhouse/garage or around one of your security/outside lights in the early evening should produce at least a couple of the following - Brimstone Moth, Pale Shouldered Brocade, Spectacle, Ingrailed Clay, Bright Line Brown Eye, Small Magpie, White Ermine, Buff Ermine, or a Silver Ground Carpet . Also day flying moths are attracted to your garden and Silver Y, Hummingbird Hawkmoth and Diamond backed Moth are sometimes seen feeding on flowering plants.

Other Wildlife

Plants & Trees

June is a great month to see flowers. The warm weather induces a massive increase in the diversity of flowering plants. Honeysuckle and Dog Rose will be coming into flower. Many of the vetches come out in June, climbing up , to make a splendid show of mauve and purple flowers. The commonest are Common, Tufted and Bush Vetch.

For more information click the link June on the Emm Brook

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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