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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.

06
May
Spring Chorus and Warbler Walk - 06 05 18

8:30am: Meet on the causeway between Stocker's Lake and Bury Lake. A morning walk to hear and identify newly arrived spring migrant birds.

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.

13
May
Recruitment Drive - 13 05 18

A recruitment drive on the reserve to coincide with the Rickmansworth Canal Festival & Environment days. Let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know if you are available to help.

24
Jun
Wildflower Walk - 24 06 18

14: 00 - Meet on the Causeway : A guided walk to look at the flora of 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.

05
Aug
Work Party - 05 08 18

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House. If you plan to come it would be helpful if you could let Emma Brading know please on 07428 790460.

12
Aug
Dragonfly and Butterfly Walk - 12 08 18

10:30am: 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.

02
Sep
Work Party - 02 09 18

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House. If you plan to come it would be helpful if you could let Emma Brading know please on 07428 790460.

All events ...


We are delighted that some activity has been observed through our new offshore camera. Very obligingly herons seem possibly to be about to take up occupancy of a nest on which our camera is focussed. Read this whole article for a sample picture and for an overall update on this project.

Our wildlife camera project is taking shape. A camera has now been successfully installed offshore and the first pictures have been generated. Work on the onshore component of the installation is now underway and soon we hope to be able to advise how you might view the live pictures. Watch this space!

This winter FoSL converted a 1940s pillbox, close to the reserve, into a bat roost. This involved narrowing the gun slots, putting up rough boards for the bats to cling to and erecting a very solid, locked door.

We are now monitoring water voles on the reserve. Water voles were once common mammals in British waterways but their numbers have declined by over 90% due to habitat loss and predation by the non-native American mink.

More butterflies were counted at Stocker's Lake in 2017 than in any other year since we recommenced regular systematic monitoring in 2012. Using the same methodology as in previous years, a total of 817 butterflies were counted in 2017. This is 72% up on 2016.

Recent Sightings

6th - 2 Red-crested Pochard (pair), 4 Chiffchaff (heard), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5 Egyptian Goose

 

29th - Kingfisher, 2 Goldeneye (pair), 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Red-crested Pochard (2 males), Chiffchaff

15th - 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Egyptian Goose, 6 Red-crested Pochard (4 males and 2 females roosting on islet in far NW corner)

5th - 2 Smew (redheads from Shoveler hide), 2 Goldeneye (1 male), Red-crested Pochard (female), Egyptian Goose

4th - 2 Smew (redheads from Shoveler Hide), 17 Goldeneye, 18 Wigeon, Red-Crested Pochard (male), Barnacle Goose

3rd - Common Snipe, 4 Goldeneye

22nd - 4 Goldeneye (2 pairs), 6 Red-Crested Pochard (4 males)

17th - 5 Goldeneye (3 males), 7 Red-crested Pochard (5 males), 3 Kingfisher (inc. one pair), 2 Egyptian Goose

15th - 9 Goldeneye (4 males), 7 Red-crested Pochard, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Egyptian Goose

2nd - 6 Goldeneye (1 male + 1 female on the lake and 1 male + 3 females on adjacent Inns Lake), 4 Egyptian Goose (moving as 2 pairs), 9 Long-Tailed Tits on feeder

Previous sightings and reports ...