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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.

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. 

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. 

Our new offshore heron nest cameras have thrown up some stunning new images and video clips captured on Saturday March 23rd. Read more to see the pictures and to pick up a link to the video footage.