FoSL to become a Landowner!
our AGM in March our Chairman, Ian Watson, announced that FoSL was negotiating to buy a 350ft stretch of the
Colne River bank. The stretch concerned is north of Springwell
Lane, opposite the car repair workshop, on the west bank leading up to the
wooden footbridge over the river.
The area concerned is highlighted In RED on
the map below.
cost will be £6150 including legal costs. This initiative has the 100%
support of your committee and was enthusiastically welcomed by the 66
members attending the 2013 AGM. We
are working on plans for the plot which is over 60ft at its widest
point. We will work closely with the
fishermen, North Harrow Waltonians, who have
interesting ideas concerning fish stocks preservation and enhancement.
Whatever we decide, nature conservation will be paramount.
believe that most of our members will want to contribute to this historic
development and so an appeal
letter is to be sent to all current members. It can also be downloaded
from here. All contributions, large and small, will
be most welcome and helpful. This is
Minutes of our 2013 AGM, held in March are now
available from our AGM page.
now begun laying the hedge that we planted in 2005, with guidance from Rob Hopkins
of Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. We have layered nearly half of the
hedge along the path leading from the Uxbridge Road river bridge. We will
do the other half next year. The Trust was represented by its “green team”
of Michael, Steve and Colin, as well as Rob. FoSL
was represented by Christine Crowther, Dawn Goodair,
Tony Lee, ‘Mitch’ and Ian Watson. The work took place on Tuesdays 19th
and 26th February 2013.
year we revived the Stocker’s Lake butterfly survey. In the late 1990s the
survey was undertaken annually but a lack of volunteers led to it falling
by the wayside for many years. However, thanks to Barbara James, we now
have an enthusiastic and increasingly knowledgeable team who walked the
reserve recording butterfly life from May to September 2012.
the wet summer was against us as butterflies like warm, sunny weather.
However many species were recorded and reported to the county recorder, and
we hope for a better summer in 2013.
information including count details were published in our January 2013
newsletter and are available from Barbara James by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org