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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
Jan
Work Party - 06 01 19

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

13
Jan
Wildfowl Walk - 13 01 19

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.

03
Feb
Work Party - 03 02 19

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

10
Feb
Wildfowl Walk - 10 02 19

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.

03
Mar
Work Party - 03 03 19

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

24
Mar
Heron and Egret Watch - 24 03 19

1pm to 4pm: Join us to view the 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.

All events ...


The results of this year's Stocker's Lake annual Butterfly survey have now been published. Reflecting the national picture, our results show that the hot, dry summer produced a record year for sightings, especially during July and August, although there were notable further declines in some species.

At last – a breakthrough!  We hope to have cattle on the 3 meadows between the Lake and the River Colne by Spring next year.

Earlier this month a local resident, who would prefer not to be named, became the first FoSL member to join us via our brand new, online joiner form.

Great News. FoSL (through The Colne Valley Landscape Partnership) has just secured funding of approximately £13000 from the National Lottery Funding to part pay for fencing on the cattle meadows between Stocker's and The River Colne.

Our monthly (except in summer) Sunday morning work parties on the reserve continue to flourish. Numbers joining these have been up over the last few months and this has allowed more essential work to be done.

Recent Sightings

4th - 14 Red-crested Pochard (9 males), 11 Goldeneye (5 males), 32 Wigeon

23rd - 8 Goldeneye, 12 Wigeon, 12 Red-crested Pochard, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher

20th - Goldeneye (male), 20 Red-Crested Pochard

15th - 5 Goldeneye (females)

10th - Water Rail (River Colne by Fishery notice), 2 Siskin, Crossbill (at least one heard flying over)

7th - 2 Goldeneye (1 male), 7 Red-crested Pochard (5 males), Kingfisher

3rd - 3 Goldeneye (females), 14 Wigeon

31st - 5 Wigeon, 18 Red-Crested Pochard

29th - Cetti's Warbler, 28 Red-Crested Pochard

21st - Kingfisher

17th - Wigeon, 5 Red-Crested Pochard, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Kingfisher

13th - Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff (including 3 singing birds), Hobby

8th - 2 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler

Previous sightings and reports ...