Trowlock Island

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Trowlock Island is a residential island in the River Thames Template:Convert upstream of Teddington Lock on the non-tidal Kingston reach less than 10 metres from the northern bank, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England.

Geography

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Trowlock Island chain ferry

Teddington Lock's Weir is a large structure on the same side of the river by Teddington Studios and the Lensbury ClubUnknown extension tag "ref", which is Template:Convert downstream.<ref name=grf>Grid reference Finder measurement tools</ref> From the Thames Path crossing across the Lock in the north Ham is accessible.<ref name=map>Ordnance Survey map, courtesy of English Heritage</ref> From the Teddington riverside by the island, stations of Hampton Wick and Teddington are Template:Convert and Template:Convert respectively by foot or road and therefore the centre of Hampton Wick is closer to the island than any other settlement.<ref name=grf/>

Trowlock Island contains 29 bungalows in plots as well as the Royal Canoe Club's clubhouse and gym.<ref name=map/> Trowlock Island is about a third of a mile (535 metres) long with a path down the middle and houses on either side.<ref name=map/> Beyond the last house is a lightly wooded area with moorings on both the main river and the backwater. Access to the island is by way of a hand wound chain ferry.

History

Like many islands in the Thames, the form of the island has changed over time, being shown as three separate islets on John Rocque's map of 1746. The name derives from Trow, a type of barge averaging 50–60 tons. Harry Gibbs' boat building firm was located on the island in 1910.

Maintenance and facilities

Trowlock Island Limited manages the shared infrastructure of the island and its board of directors is elected by the shareholders — each bungalow or plot of land carries with it a number of shares so that all houseowners plus the Royal Canoe Club collectively own the company. The Canoe Club has made a recent significant investment in providing new facilities for young people, including a new gym, boatsheds and training facility. Included in this re-development is a plan for encouraging bio-diversity, such as bats (Pipistrelle and Daubenton's Bat being the species most likely to be found in the area), water fowl and rare species of cultivated plants.

A short of a video of Trowlock island in summer, that takes a viewer around the island, is available.

Wildlife

The island, with surrounding water and banks of reach of the Thames are home to numerous species of wildlife; the following can be seen as nesting nearby:Template:Citation needed </div>

  • Mallards
  • Herons
  • Great Crested Grebes
  • Coots
  • Moorhens
  • Wood Pigeons
  • Crows
  • Magpies
  • Jays
  • Jackdaws
  • Rose-ringed Parakeets
  • Greenfinches
  • Common Chaffinches
  • Sparrows
  • Blue Tits
  • Great Tits
  • European Robins
  • Wrens
  • Long-tailed Tits
  • Blackbirds
  • Thrushes
  • Great Spotted Woodpeckers
  • Bats
  • House Martins
  • Black-headed Gulls
  • Herring Gulls
  • Cormorants
  • Swans
  • Canada Geese

Less frequently spotted are:Template:Citation needed

  • Kingfishers
  • Mandarin Ducks
  • Wood Ducks
  • Sparrowhawks
  • Egyptian Geese
  • Black Swans
  • Bar-headed Geese

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Notes and References

Notes

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See also

  • Islands in the River Thames

External links

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