© Steve Marshall / Wild Future

A family party of Goldeneye has been spotted several times over the last few days at SPRINGWELL LAKE (adjacent to Stocker's Lake). Goldeneye primarily breed on Scottish lochs and there have only ever been a handful of UK records of Goldeneye breeding away from Northern England and Scotland. 

In the late 1990s, butterflies were surveyed annually at Stocker’s Lake but a lack of volunteers resulted in the survey falling by the wayside for many years. However, in 2012, we revived the butterfly survey and now have an enthusiastic and increasingly knowledgeable team who walk the reserve recording butterfly life from April to September.

Wonderful Result! The appeal for the acquisition of our piece of river bank - see the news items dated May and October 2013 - has gone very well and we have now raised the £6,200 we required for the land and the conveyance. Many thanks to over 100 members who supported this appeal.

January 2014

The work of FoSL requires volunteers. We have no paid professionals, though we employ contractors from time to time. Our committee members are all volunteers. So too are those who help on work parties, lead wildlife walks, conduct wildlife surveys etc.

We need more volunteers. Specifically we currently need to fill the positions listed below. Further information on each can be found by clicking on the job title concerned. For further information still, or to indicate interest, please call our Vice Chairman, Ian Watson on 01923 282136.