2019 a good summer for butterflies
2019 was a good year for butterflies around the lake with a total of 826 butterflies counted through the summer. This is the second highest count since the current surveys started in 2012, and is comparable to that of 2017. The count was 26% down on 2018 but due to weather conditions 2018 was an exceptional year.
Water Vole & Mink Survey - update
Following a chance meeting Martin Ketcher of Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust (HMWT) asked FoSL to help encourage the return of the delightful water vole to the River Colne that borders one side of our reserve. The water vole is of course “Ratty” in the “Wind in the Willows”. Water voles were seen on our reserve in the 1990s but when mink arrived they disappeared.
Cattle Introduction on June 8th
Good News! After 6 years of effort and planning, cattle will be introduced to our meadows between the River Colne and the Lake from the new enclosure near the iron bridge at 10 am, on Saturday 8th June.
Heron Camera Update
Affinity Water has agreed to provide, and is now doing so, power to our receiver in Kingfisher hide. Both the fixed and pan tilt zoom cameras are working. Unfortunately, the bad weather/high winds at the start of May seems to have destroyed the nest in front of the fixed camera.