Friends of Edgbaston Reservoir
Friends of Edgbaston Reservoir was formed more than 10 years ago when an eclectic group of local residents came together with one common aim, the prevention of proposed waterskiing on the reservoir. The pressure group was successful in preventing the use of noisy power boats on the water and remained as an association to preserve this secret treasure in the heart of Birmingham. For those of you whom are unaware, the Friends of Edgbaston Reservoir exist today as a group of local residents and other interested people, to monitor and promote the area as a designated Site for Nature Conservation (SINC). Since formation the FER have maintained a constituted presence in the area to represent the views of local people and other organised users (wildlife and bird watchers, Midland Sailing Club, Birmingham Rowing Club, Training Ship Vernon, the anglers and the walkers, cyclists and joggers) to both fight unwanted development and to promote sensitive improvements for the benefit of both the general public and wildlife. The FER are a voluntary group with a Birmingham City Council recognised Constitution and aim to keep everyone informed of everything to do with The Reservoir through regular meetings, newsletters and through this website We are currently focused on monitoring planning and development in the local area, the preservation and maintenance of historical buildings and features around The Reservoir, the provision of public toilets at The Lodge, and promoting encouragement of the abundant wildlife that uses the area. Unfortunately we have no charitable status and do not receive any significant funding from anywhere except through membership subscriptions. Our current spending plans are for the small things that Birmingham City Council cannot fund quickly, such as more bat boxes and nest boxes. We are also starting a fund to provide a floating nest platform for swans. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the reservoir and its surroundings. FER organises various events each year in an attempt to encourage a wider appreciation of the interesting features around and on the water.