The island was a derelict boatyard when Reading Council took it over in 1998 and restored it. It is a quiet, relaxing island with grassy paths and seating. It is set out as a small park containing several wooden chain-saw carved sculptures. It connects to Caversham via Heron Island, which has private riverside housing and is connected by road to Lower Caversham.
- Lever, Edward (3 February 2011). "Heron Island, Caversham". http://www.picturesofengland.com/England/Berkshire/Caversham/pictures/1131210. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
- "Heron Island Caversham Reading RG4". http://www.houseprices.co.uk/heron-island-caversham-reading-rg4/. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
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