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Welcome to the Friends of Stocker's Lake Website

This website is owned and maintained by Friends of Stocker’s Lake (FoSL), a registered charity. FoSL exists to :

  1. - conserve, safeguard and enhance Stocker's Lake as a Local Nature Reserve
  2. - help and extend the scope of the work of the warden at Stocker's Lake
  3. - foster public support for and appreciation of Stocker's Lake as a local nature reserve.

Stocker's Lake, near Rickmansworth just inside the M25, is bordered on one side by the river Colne and on the other by the Grand Union canal. It is a place of great beauty and it supports a huge variety of wildlife, especially birds, particularly winter wildfowl. It is owned by Affinity Water and managed by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, actively supported by local people who are the Friends of Stocker’s Lake.

Within this website you will find details of organised walks and other events on the reserve, news of interesting recent sightings of birds, details of how to join FoSL for a mere £5 per year, and much more.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN US NOW

04
Aug
HMWT Life at the Lake : summer Tuesdays

Tuesdays 4th August to 1st September 11am-3pm. Book with & details from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT). Booking essential. Please either call 01727 858901 or visit www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events.

09
Aug
CANCELLED - Dragonfly and Butterfly Walk - 09 08 20

Unfortunately this evetn has had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis.

 

10:30am: Meet on the causeway between Stocker's Lake and Bury Lake. A guided walk to see some of the varied dragonflies, damselfies and butterflies which use the reserve.

Length of walk = 1.5 miles with frequent stops. Expected duration = 2.5 hours. Children under 16 must be accompanied;  Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Please bring your own sting or bite medication.

06
Sep
Work Party - 06 09 20

10am to 12:30pm: Meet 9.55 at the Fisherman's car park - click here for a map - unless otherwise directed. If you plan to come it would be helpful if you could let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know please on 07428 790460.

12
Sep
HMWT Bats of Stocker's Lake 12 09 20

8.45pm. Book with & details from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT). Booking essential. Please either call 01727 858901 or visit www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events.

13
Sep
Recruitment Drive - 13 09 20

Details nearer the time. Let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know if you are available to help.

04
Oct
Work Party - 04 10 20

10am to 12:30pm: Meet 9.55 at the Fisherman's car park - click here for a map - unless otherwise directed. If you plan to come it would be helpful if you could let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know please on 07428 790460.

All events ...


Good news - the lovely Dexter cattle which we had on the reserve last summer are due back in early June. They do great conservation work by encouraging growth of wildflowers in the three meadows which we created for them especially. So we await their return with eagerness.

Our heron nest cameras have recently been capturing some great images and video clips of the nesting season in progress. A selection of images has now been put on in the gallery section of this website, starting at page 2.

Wildlife at the lake seems currently to be thriving whilst humans lie low due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Fewer visitors means birds and wildlife can move into spaces they might previously have avoided.

This is now full nesting season for our herons and once again our offshore cameras are picking up some great video footage and still pictures.

On Saturday 7th December local members of the Jain gathered with FoSL representatives to plant an English Oak tree to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Recent Sightings

12th - Swift, 8 Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Egyptian Goose, Kingfisher, 16 Common Tern (8 occupied nests on rafts), 2 Cetti's Warbler

8th-10th - Marsh Warbler, on far bank of River Colne

8th - Kingfisher, 4 Cetti's Warbler

7th - 6 Egyptian Goose, 26 Common Tern

3rd - 4 Reed Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 12 Common Tern (on new Tern raft), 3 Egyptian Goose

2nd - 6+ Cetti's Warbler (heard), Red-crested Pochard,3 Egyptian Goose, Reed Warbler, 6+ Swallow, 3 Kingfisher (near Kingfisher bank), Willow Warbler

 

28th - Hobby, 7 Common Tern, Red-Crested Pochard (male)

25th - 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Common Tern, 2 Red-crested Pochard, Kingfisher

17th - Common Tern, Red-crested Pochard (male)

16th - Kingfisher, Willow Warbler, Red-crested Pochard, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler

14th- 30 Swift, circa 15 Swallow, circa 12 House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher

11th - Oystercatcher, 4 Cetti's Warbler (singing)

8th -  Kingfisher, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler

6th - 4 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Egyptian Goose, 4 Common Tern

5th - 6 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 12 Swift, 3 Cetti's Warbler and on Stocker's Farm: Yellow Wagtail

4th - Cuckoo (heard calling along river), 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler

30th - 3 Common Tern

27th - 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap, Kingfisher; and on Stocker's Farm: Dunlin, Oystercatcher

23rd - 2 Common Tern, 2 Swallow, Sedge Warbler

17th - Kingfisher flying along River Colne and from Stocker's Farm - a cuckoo flying and calling

16th - Sedge Warbler, Blackcap

10th - 4 Cetti's Warbler

2nd - Swallow

Previous sightings and reports ...