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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

03
Mar
Work Party - 03 03 19

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

09
Mar
HMWT Build a Bee Tower 09 03 19

10.30am. Book with & details from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT). Booking essential. Please either call 01727 858901 or visit www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events.

16
Mar
HMWT Heron & Egret Watch 16 03 19

10.30am. Book with & details from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT). Booking essential. Please either call 01727 858901 or visit www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events.

24
Mar
Heron and Egret Watch - 24 03 19

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. This year we hope to be able to bring you live pictures from our new offshore cameras.

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

07
Apr
Work Party - 07 04 19

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

18
Apr
Annual General Meeting - 18 04 19

Our 2019 AGM will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday April 18th at the Baptist Church Hall, Field Way, Mill End. See our Annual General Meeting page for further details. 

All events ...


Last year our herons decided in their wisdom to breed away from either of our two new cameras. However hopes are high that this season we may be luckier. Last year both cameras were static but over the winter we have upgraded one to a tilt and zoom type. It is rotatable through 360 degrees, zoomable and it can focus on a variety of nests including several currently with sitting herons. 

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.

Recent Sightings

14th - Oystercatcher, 21 Goldeneye (7 male)

12th - Peregrine, Kingfisher, 13 Goldeneye (5 male), Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Red-crested Pochard (2 male)

7th - Peregrine, 8 Goldeneye (2 male)

3rd - Water Rail (heard), Kingfisher, 12 Goldeneye, Cetti's Warbler (heard), circa 8 Siskin, 30+ Redwing

2nd - 5 Goldeneye (2 male)

31st - 6 Goldeneye (4 male)

30th - Grey Wagtail (foraging in river), Goldeneye (male) 

28th - Woodcock (in flight), Smew (male)

24th - Water Rail, Kingfisher

23rd - Smew (male)

19th - 9 Goldeneye (4 male)

14th - Kingfisher, 2 Goldeneye (1 male)

10th - White Stork, 10 Goldeneye (4 male)

8th - Goosander (female), 2 Water Rail, 9 Goldeneye (5 male), 30 Wigeon

6th - Kingfisher

1st - Goosander (male), 2 Goldeneye (1 male) and at Stocker's Farm : 2 Raven

28th - 4 Goldeneye (2 male), Kingfisher, 38 Red-crested Pochard, 28 Wigeon (Lee Evans), Barnacle Goose

22nd - 8 Goldeneye (4 male), Kingfisher

13th - 13 Goldeneye (5 males)

9th - 8 Goldeneye, 42 Red-crested Pochard

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

Previous sightings and reports ...