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 :
- - conserve, safeguard and enhance Stocker's Lake as a Local Nature Reserve
- - help and extend the scope of the work of the warden at Stocker's Lake
- - 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.
Rickmansworth School, 7.45pm. NB This is the confirmed date. See our Annual General Meeting page for more details
10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House.
1pm to 4pm: Join us to view the nesting Grey Herons from the causeway.
10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House.
8:30am: Meet on the causeway between Stocker's Lake and Bury Lake. A morning walk to hear and identify newly arrived spring migrant birds.
From 8:30am. On the reserve to coincide with the Rickmansworth Canal Festival & Environment days. Come and help us recruit new members.
From 8:30am. A second membership recruitment day on the reserve to coincide with the Rickmansworth Canal Festival & Environment days.
To be confirmed subject to finding a walk leader : A guided walk to look at the flora of the reserve.
2014 AGM Date
Unfortunately our 2014 events calendar, which we posted to all members along with a newsletter in early January, contained the wrong date for our 2014 AGM. Please note that the correct date is March 26th. For more details see our Annual General Meeting page.
Butterfly Survey 2013
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.
Land Appeal Target Reached
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.
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 Chairman, Ian Watson on 01923 282136.
5th - Common Gull, Kingfisher, 2 Goldeneye (pair), Cetti's Warbler (heard), Reed Bunting
2nd - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Red Crested Pochard
18th - Cetti's Warbler (seen and heard on Causeway), 5 Goldeneye (2 male)
15th - 2 Egyptian Goose, Goldeneye (female)
10th - Goosander (female on flooded river)
6th - Water Rail (along causeway), Cetti's Warbler (heard on causeway), 8 Goldeneye (all female), 9 Red Crested Pochard (5 males), 70+ Siskin
3rd - Goosander (female), 15 Goldeneye (3 male), 3 Red Crested Pochard (2 male)
25th - 3 Goosander (1 male), 12 Goldeneye (6 pairs), 2 Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff including 1 possibe Siberian Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, 2 Treecreeper
23rd - Common Snipe, 3 Red-crested Pochard
18th - Goosander, 11 Goldeneye (3 males), 8 Red Crested Pochard and on Stocker's Farm: Little Owl
16th - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
12th - Goosander (male), 18 Goldeneye (5 males), Kingfisher + 2 Egyptian Geese
8th - Kingfisher, Treecreeper, 5 Goldeneye (2 males)
5th - Water Rail, Mandarin, 3 Egyptian Geese
3rd - Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, 2 Goldeneye, 8 Red-Crested Pochard (5 males), 22 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll