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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

01
Dec
AGM - 01 12 21

Our 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 7:30pm at the Mill End Baptist Church Hall, Field Way Rickmansworth WD3 7EL. This will be followed at 8pm by refreshments and an illustrated talk ‘Cattle For Conservation’ by Nick Maksimovic. Nick is the owner of the cattle that are grazing on the reserve.

05
Dec
Work Party - 05 12 21

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

Any members wishing to volunteer who do not receive a monthly invite please check with our lead Warden, Jack Westbrook (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the first instance.

02
Jan
Work Party - 02 01 22

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

Any members wishing to volunteer who do not receive a monthly invite please check with our lead Warden, Jack Westbrook (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the first instance.

09
Jan
Wildfowl Walk - 09 01 22

All of our walks are free and open to all. They are about 2.5 km (1.5 miles) long and take about 2.5 hours. Wear stout shoes or wellies. Bring insect repellent if you need it. Meet on the Causeway 1000hrs.

06
Feb
Work Party - 06 02 22

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

Any members wishing to volunteer who do not receive a monthly invite please check with our lead Warden, Jack Westbrook (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the first instance.

20
Feb
Wildfowl Walk - 20 02 22

All of our walks are free and open to all. They are about 2.5 km (1.5 miles) long and take about 2.5 hours. Wear stout shoes or wellies. Bring insect repellent if you need it. Meet on the Causeway 1000hrs.

All events ...


Are you aware of the wonderful work done by CW Wildlife Rescue, a charity based at Stocker's Farm which is adjacent to the reserve? FoSL recently made a donation to support the work done there and they have just sent us the following piece about their work with hedgehogs. 

In early November FOSL Wardens Russell Ball and Nicola Pazdzierska hosted a party of students from Hayes and their teacher for a visit to the reserve. Teacher Ros Massey (who also brought her lovely dog Achilles) later sent us a thank you note. Here is an excerpt.

Thank you to everyone (164 of you altogether - a great response) who recently completed our online survey about this website. We have used the results to generate a two page specification of desired enhancements and we are now in the process of issuing that to various third parties who we hope might be interested in revamping the site for us.

A Pyramidal Orchid has been found this month on one of our cattle meadows. See picture.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent website survey. We received 164 responses altogether; a terrific result which will provide invaluable input to the website upgrade and relaunch which we are now sstarting to plan. Results from both that survey and the associated review will be published on this site in due course.

July 2021 

Recent Sightings

24th - 2 Goldeneye, 5 Wigeon, 3 Egyptian Goose, 3 Kingfisher, Red-crested Pochard, Water Rail, 6 Siskin

19th - Goosander (female from the viewpoint just down from Shoveler hide), Goldeneye (male), 2 Water Rail (heard squealing from cover on the causeway), 3 Cetti's Warbler

17th - Chiffchaff, 4 Goldeneye, Goosander (redhead), 8 Red-crested Pochard

16th - 5 Egyptian Goose, 2 Goosander (male in flight plus female showing well on lake), 2 Kingfisher, Wood Duck (male), 12 Siskin, 2 Wigeon

5th - 4 Wigeon, Goldeneye (female), Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail

3rd - 4 Wigeon, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Water Rail (heard squealing in NE corner), 3 Siskin (heard), Kingfisher (flying along Colne)

27th - 1+ Cetti's Warbler (calling)

16th - 2 Brambling (calling from willows and seen in flight on North side), 3 Cetti's Warbler

13th - Grey Wagtail (near the river)

23rd - Kingfisher, 5 Cetti's Warbler

8th - White Stork (present until at least 0633 hours. Unringed adult and presumably same bird as has been frequenting Cheshunt and Rainham areas all year with much glazed white in regrown primaries)

1st - 46 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sand Martin

Previous sightings and reports ...