© Steve Marshall / Wild Future

Due to current national lockdown restrictions as a result of the pandemic it has not been possible to hold any of our normal events during the first three months of 2021. Work parties, Wildfowl walks etc. which would have taken place in the period January to March have all had to be cancelled.

Herons breed early in the year and their 2021 nesting efforts are already well underway at the lake. A great video clip was recently captured by one of our offshore cameras. It shows a nest with three eggs plus an adult bird doing some site maintenance.

As usual, a dedicated team surveyed our butterflies in 2020. Butterfly numbers tend to peak in April and July but Covid-19 restrictions meant that the April peak was entirely missed this year. Nevertheless counts were conducted thereafter and these suggest that overall 2020 was a slightly below average year for butterflies.

This year's two lockdowns have changed for the better many people's perspectives on nature and nature reserves, as illustrated by this recent article from the Watford Observer.

 Birdlife pictured at Stockers Lake in Rickmansworth - Watford Observer article

 November 2020