© Steve Marshall / Wild Future

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.

A recent evening of bat research at the lake has yielded some amazing results. A total of 55 bats were trapped in a single night, of which no fewer than eight turned out to be rare Nathusius Pipistrelle bats. These included one bearing a ring showing that he had travelled around 1,000 miles from Latvia!