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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

07
Feb
Work Party - 07 02 21

10am to 12:30pm: Meet 9.55 at the Fisherman's car park - click here for a map - unless otherwise directed.

During Covid restrictions please contact Bob Sherren on 07929 394120 beforehand as numbers will be limited and some work parties may need to be called off altogether.

21
Feb
Wildfowl Walk - 21 02 21

10am : A guided walk to look at wintering wildfowl on the lake. Meet on the causeway between Stocker's Lake and Bury Lake.

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.

Due to covid restrictions it is possible that this event may need to be called off at short notice. If possible please check the information on this website before coming. 

07
Mar
Work Party - 07 03 21

10am to 12:30pm: Meet 9.55 at the Fisherman's car park - click here for a map - unless otherwise directed.

During Covid restrictions please contact Bob Sherren on 07929 394120 beforehand as numbers will be limited and some work parties may need to be called off altogether.

28
Mar
Heron and Egret Watch - 28 03 21

1pm to 4pm: Join us to view nesting Grey Herons and Little Egrets. Meet on the causeway for directions to the viewing location which will be dependent on where the birds are nesting. 

Children under 16 must be accompanied;  Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Please bring your own sting or bite medication.

Due to covid restrictions it is possible that this event may need to be called off at short notice. If possible please check the information on this website before coming.

04
Apr
Work Party - 04 04 21

10am to 12:30pm: Meet 9.55 at the Fisherman's car park - click here for a map - unless otherwise directed.

During Covid restrictions please contact Bob Sherren on 07929 394120 beforehand as numbers will be limited and some work parties may need to be called off altogether.

02
May
Spring Chorus and Warbler Walk - 02 05 21

Meet on the causeway at 08.30am.

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.

Due to covid restrictions it is possible that this event may need to be called off at short notice. If possible please check the information on this website before coming. 

All events ...


As usual, a dedicated team surveyed our butterflies in 2020. Butterfly numbers tend to peak in April and July but Covid-19 restrictions meant that the April peak was entirely missed this year. Nevertheless counts were conducted thereafter and these suggest that overall 2020 was a slightly below average year for butterflies.

This year's two lockdowns have changed for the better many people's perspectives on nature and nature reserves, as illustrated by this recent article from the Watford Observer.

 Birdlife pictured at Stockers Lake in Rickmansworth - Watford Observer article

 November 2020

Covid-19 restrictions unfortunately led to cancellaton of this year's public Butterfly and Dragonfly Walk (amongst others) but FoSL members, father and son Rob and Alex Liddle, agreed to report back on a private walk around the lake. You can read their report here or else download an illustrated version from here.

August 2020 

In common with so many other public events, our wildflower walk around the lake which had been scheduled for June 21st unfortunately had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. However on July 1st Janet Lowndes and Linda Ascroft walked around the lake and listed the various wildflowers they identified.

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.

Recent Sightings

22nd - 7 Goldeneye (3 drakes), 4 Red-crested Pochard (3 drakes) circa 150 Jackdaw coming in to roost at 4.45pm

21st -   4 Goldeneye, Kingfisher, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 12 Siskin, 14 Wigeon, 6 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler,

18th - 3 Goldeneye (2 drakes), 10+ Siskin (feeding in Alders)

11th - 2 Kingfisher, 4 Goldeneye, Cetti's Warbler, c20 Redwing

6th - Kingfisher (perched briefly close to SE end of causeway then flew over the lake), Goldeneye (male), 2 Egyptian Goose (pair)

4th - Goldeneye (female), Buzzard (soaring over lake and being mobbed by black-headed gulls)

1st - Kingfisher (in "wet woodland" area W end of lake), 5 Siskin, 20 Wigeon (11 drakes), 6 Goldeneye (4 drakes), Little Egret

31st - 3 Goldeneye (1 drake)

26th - 10 Goldeneye, 3 Wigeon, Great Black-backed Gull

24th - 3 Goldeneye, 3 Wigeon (2 drakes), 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Red-Crested Pochard (all drakes)

18th - 6 Goldeneye (4 drakes), Kingfisher, 15 Redwing, 12 Siskin

15th - 6 Goldeneye (3 drakes)

14th - 4 Goldeneye, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Wigeon, 6 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose

13th - 61 (!) Red-crested Pochard (39 drakes), 8 Goldeneye (4 drakes), Siskin

11th - 2 Water Rail, Siskin, 3 Egyptian Goose, Chiffchaff, Kingfisher, c.30 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Goldeneye (2 drakes)

9th - 13 Red-crested Pochard, 7 Goldeneye (4 drakes)

1st - Great Black-backed Gull, Goldeneye (drake)

30th - 2 Goldeneye (males), 5+ Siskin, Kingfisher (on lake near Colne)

23rd - 40+ Siskin, Kingfisher, 4 Goldeneye (2 males)

20th - 2 Goldeneye (females), 9+ Egyptian Goose

15th - 3 Kingfisher, 4 Egyptian Goose

8th - Kingfisher, Goosander

7th - Chiffchaff, 8 Red-crested Pochard (6 males), 6 Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher

4th - 13 Egyptian Goose

Previous sightings and reports ...