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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.

Work Party - 01 10 17

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House.

Work Party - 05 11 17

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House.

Work Party - 03 12 17

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House.

Work Party - 07 01 18

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House.

Wildfowl Walk - 14 01 18

10am: A guided walk to look at wintering wildfowl on the lake. Meet on the causeway between Stocker's Lake and Bury Lake.

Length of walk = 1.5 miles with frequent stops. Expected duration = 2.5 hours. Children under 16 must be accompanied;  Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Please bring your own sting or bite medication.

All events ...

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!

We mentioned at this year's AGM that we plan to set up a camera to overlook the heronry on one of the islands in the lake. Recently we met with a company which has installed similar systems around the country, including in the Lee Valley and Dorset. See the full article for two images of the type we expect to be able to display next breeding season.

Did you know that FoSL has its own Facebook page? You can visit it here. Our treasurer, Dick Beeden visited Tichwell RSPB reserve in Norfolk over the weekend. Visit FoSL on facebook to see his video of a bittern.

February 2017

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust will be running work parties at the Lake from 10am to 3pm on February 1st and 15th, and again on March 8th and 22nd. Note that these work parties are separate from the FoSL ones and different arrangements apply. However all FoSL members are welcome.

Recent Sightings

12th - 2 Red-Crested Pochard, circa 20 Sand Martin, circa 50 House Martin

4th - 3 Cetti's Warbler

1st - Kingfisher and on Stocker's Farm - Whinchat 

31st - (on Stocker's Farm) Whinchat

19th - 4 Red-Crested Pochard (female + 3 juveniles)

29th - Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Oystercatcher, 5 Red-crested Pochard (4 eclipse males), 2 Kingfisher

15th - 2 Red-crested Pochard (both female), 6 Little Egret, 3 Kingfisher (on single perch from Kingfisher hide)

1st - Kingfisher, 2 Egyptian Goose

Previous sightings and reports ...