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On Saturday 7th December local members of the Jain gathered with FoSL representatives to plant an English Oak tree to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

At the Rural Living Awards evening on October 18th at County Hall, Hertford, Three Rivers groups did very well with Friends of Stocker’s Lake winning the top and prestigious Chairman’s Award.

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. 

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.