Stonebridge Wild River Reserve is a beautiful award winning 15 acre water meadow. A stretch of the River Kennet flowing through is managed as an exemplar of a chalk stream. We are proud of our healthy water vole population and kingfishers are a regular sight.
The new Wetland created in March 2015 has flourished. Our regular volunteers along with local cubs have planted additional native flora which has already created a rich habitat which is attracting new species to the site and increasing the biodiversity. Last summer a non-slip recycled plastic boardwalk and pond dipping platform was installed which provides access to all whatever the weather.
Over a thousand trees have been planted to continue our hedge for wildlife. Our volunteers have been joined by the local academy sixth formers, cubs, scouts and beavers. The ARK volunteers have given over 1500 hours in the last year to projects at Stonebridge helping to restore and conserve Stonebridge for the benefit of wildlife and for people of the town and visitors to enjoy throughout the seasons.
The far end of the reserve is protected as a Wild Habitat; managed scrub is full of flowers including great hairy willowherb, marsh marigold, meadowsweet and ladies smock in bloom at different times. It is home to a huge number of wildlife species, including the endangered grasshopper warbler as well as grass snake, slow worm and water shrew.