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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.

Work Party - 03 09 16

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House.

Recruitment Drive - 10 09 17

At the Fishermen's car park end of the reserve. Details nearer the time. Let Ian Watson know if you are available to help.

Work Party - 01 10 17

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House.

Work Party - 05 11 17

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House.

Work Party - 03 12 17

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House.

Work Party - 07 01 18

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House.

All events ...

We mentioned at this year's AGM that we plan to set up a camera to overlook the heronry on one of the islands in the lake. Recently we met with a company which has installed similar systems around the country, including in the Lee Valley and Dorset. See the full article for two images of the type we expect to be able to display next breeding season.

Did you know that FoSL has its own Facebook page? You can visit it here. Our treasurer, Dick Beeden visited Tichwell RSPB reserve in Norfolk over the weekend. Visit FoSL on facebook to see his video of a bittern.

February 2017

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust will be running work parties at the Lake from 10am to 3pm on February 1st and 15th, and again on March 8th and 22nd. Note that these work parties are separate from the FoSL ones and different arrangements apply. However all FoSL members are welcome.

After 13 years Ian Watson has retired as FoSL chairman with effect from the end of 2016. Ian has done a huge amount for FoSL over those years and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. He will continue to serve as FoSL Vice Chairman and as Work Parties convener and he intends to continue to spend time working on the reserve.

Recent Sightings

29th - Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Oystercatcher, 5 Red-crested Pochard (4 eclipse males), 2 Kingfisher

15th - 2 Red-crested Pochard (both female), 6 Little Egret, 3 Kingfisher (on single perch from Kingfisher hide)

1st - Kingfisher, 2 Egyptian Goose

22nd - 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing)

11th - Kingfisher, 3 Cetti's Warbler

29th - 2 Kingfisher (on River Colne)

28th - at Stocker's Farm : 2 Cuckoo (male and female)

23rd - Osprey

21st - Nightingale, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Red-Crested Pochard

2nd - Cuckoo, 5+ Garden Warbler

Previous sightings and reports ...