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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.

03
Dec
Work Party - 03 12 17

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

07
Jan
Work Party - 07 01 18

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

14
Jan
Wildfowl Walk - 14 01 18

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.

11
Apr
Annual General Meeting - 11 04 18

Our 2018 AGM will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday April 11th at the Baptist Church Hall, Field Way, Mill End. See our Annual General Meeting page for further details.

All events ...


Herts and Middlesex trust are building a kingfisher nest site on the canal near Stocker’s House. Rumour has it that this will feature on BBC's Countryfile programme on Sunday November 19th (BBC1, 6.15pm), when the programme is scheduled to visit Hertfordshire.

November 2017

Emma Brading has taken over as our volunteers organiser from Sarah Coombs, who has been doing the job for the past 15 years or so.  Sarah is one of the original FoSL members and has done much for the reserve particularly in the early years of FoSL.  We are very grateful for what she has done and thank her most sincerely.  We're glad to say that she continues as a member.

A recent evening of bat research at the lake has yielded some amazing results. A total of 55 bats were trapped in a single night, of which no fewer than eight turned out to be rare Nathusius Pipistrelle bats. These included one bearing a ring showing that he had travelled around 1,000 miles from Latvia!

We mentioned at this year's AGM that we plan to set up a camera to overlook the heronry on one of the islands in the lake. Recently we met with a company which has installed similar systems around the country, including in the Lee Valley and Dorset. See the full article for two images of the type we expect to be able to display next breeding season.

Recent Sightings

15th - 3 Goldeneye (1 male), Water Rail, Red-Crested Pochard (male)

14th - 2 Goldeneye (males), 30 Siskin, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, Kingfisher (heard), 9 Red-crested Pochard, 15 Redwing, Cetti's Warbler

5th - Goldeneye (female), 11 Red-crested Pochard (10 males)

2nd - Peregrine, Lesser Redpoll, 8 Wigeon, 4 Egyptian Goose, 6 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 3 Kingfisher (1 seen, 2 more heard), Great Black-backed Gull

27th - Goldeneye (female), Kingfisher

25th - 3 Kingfisher (on River Colne)

23rd - 3 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye (females)

14th - 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Little Egret, 3 Red-crested Pochard

12th - 4 Little Egret, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 6 Redwing

10th - 2 Kingfisher, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard)

4th -  3 Cetti's Warbler 7 Red-crested Pochard  6 Ring-necked Parakeet, Kingfisher (along river Colne)

28th - all on Stocker's Farm : House Martin, 6+ Linnet, Stonechat

12th - 2 Red-Crested Pochard, circa 20 Sand Martin, circa 50 House Martin

4th - 3 Cetti's Warbler

1st - Kingfisher and on Stocker's Farm - Whinchat 

Previous sightings and reports ...