© Steve Marshall / Wild Future

We are now monitoring water voles on the reserve. Water voles were once common mammals in British waterways but their numbers have declined by over 90% due to habitat loss and predation by the non-native American mink.

More butterflies were counted at Stocker's Lake in 2017 than in any other year since we recommenced regular systematic monitoring in 2012. Using the same methodology as in previous years, a total of 817 butterflies were counted in 2017. This is 72% up on 2016.

Herts and Middlesex trust are building a kingfisher nest site on the reserve. 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.