© Steve Marshall / Wild Future

Welcome to the Friends of Stocker's Lake Website

This website is owned and maintained by Friends of Stocker’s Lake (FoSL), a registered charity. FoSL exists to :

  1. - conserve, safeguard and enhance Stocker's Lake as a Local Nature Reserve
  2. - help and extend the scope of the work of the warden at Stocker's Lake
  3. - foster public support for and appreciation of Stocker's Lake as a local nature reserve.

Stocker's Lake, near Rickmansworth just inside the M25, is bordered on one side by the river Colne and on the other by the Grand Union canal. It is a place of great beauty and it supports a huge variety of wildlife, especially birds, particularly winter wildfowl. It is owned by Affinity Water and managed by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, actively supported by local people who are the Friends of Stocker’s Lake.

Within this website you will find details of organised walks and other events on the reserve, news of interesting recent sightings of birds, details of how to join FoSL for a mere £5 per year, and much more.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN US NOW

07
Nov
Work Party - 07 11 21

10am to 12:30pm: Meet 9.55 at the Fisherman's car park - click here for a map - unless otherwise directed.

Any members wishing to volunteer please check with our lead Warden, Jack Westbrook (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the first instance.

05
Dec
Work Party - 05 12 21

10am to 12:30pm: Meet 9.55 at the Fisherman's car park - click here for a map - unless otherwise directed.

Any members wishing to volunteer please check with our lead Warden, Jack Westbrook (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the first instance.

02
Jan
Work Party - 02 01 22

10am to 12:30pm: Meet 9.55 at the Fisherman's car park - click here for a map - unless otherwise directed.

Any members wishing to volunteer please check with our lead Warden, Jack Westbrook (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the first instance.

All events ...


Thank you to everyone (164 of you altogether - a great response) who recently completed our online survey about this website. We have used the results to generate a two page specification of desired enhancements and we are now in the process of issuing that to various third parties who we hope might be interested in revamping the site for us.

A Pyramidal Orchid has been found this month on one of our cattle meadows. See picture.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent website survey. We received 164 responses altogether; a terrific result which will provide invaluable input to the website upgrade and relaunch which we are now sstarting to plan. Results from both that survey and the associated review will be published on this site in due course.

July 2021 

Good news! The Dexter cows, so vital to our strategic aim of restoring wildflowers to several meadows on the reserve, returned for the summer season on Sunday May 30th. The accompanying image, taken on June 10th, shows them happily in place on  the reserve.

Please give a few minutes of your time to feedback what you think of this website by completing our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FoSL2021. This will provide us with important feedback as we prepare to upgrade the site from the autumn.

Recent Sightings

23rd - Kingfisher, 5 Cetti's Warbler

8th - White Stork (present until at least 0633 hours. Unringed adult and presumably same bird as has been frequenting Cheshunt and Rainham areas all year with much glazed white in regrown primaries)

1st - 46 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sand Martin

19th - 2 Hobby (over Stocker's Farm, chasing Hirundines)

15th - Hobby (flying over Stocker's Farm catching a Swallow in flight)

7th - 2 Hobby (flew over "flooded field" at Stocker's Farm at approx midday)

2nd - 2 Little Egret, 12 Egyptian Goose, 7 Common Tern (inc 1 juvenile)

13th - 6 Common Tern, Common Sandpiper (on Tern raft), Oystercatcher

7th - circa 2 Oystercatcher (heard calling from islands), Grasshopper Warbler (possible, heard reeling briefly), Cuckoo (heard from trees towards Inns Lake), 2 Red-crested Pochard

5th - 3 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Egyptian Goose, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Common Tern

2nd - Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Egyptian Goose, 3 Common Tern, 6+ Whitethroat (in Causeway area), Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Warbler

Previous sightings and reports ...