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Our wildlife camera project is taking shape. A camera has now been successfully installed offshore and the first pictures have been generated. Work on the onshore component of the installation is now underway and soon we hope to be able to advise how you might view the live pictures. Watch this space!

This winter FoSL converted a 1940s pillbox, close to the reserve, into a bat roost. This involved narrowing the gun slots, putting up rough boards for the bats to cling to and erecting a very solid, locked door.

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.