Kingfishers and Countryfile
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.
New Volunteers Organiser
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.
Rare Bats at the Lake
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.