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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 - 04 09 16

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

Recruitment Drive - 11 09 16

At the Fishermen's car park (Springwell Lane) end of the reserve. Timings/Details to follow 

Work Party - 02 10 16

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

Work Party - 06 11 15

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

Work Party - 04 12 15

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

Work Party - 08 01 17

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

All events ...

Insurance Cover

The FoSL committee recently reviewed FoSL's main operational risks and insurance arrangements. This has led to £5,000,000 of public liability insurance cover being put in place.


New Policies Agreed

At its September 2015 meeting the FoSL committee approved four new policies covering respectively :

Click on the links on the policy titles above to read these new policies.

September 2015 

Work starts on new land

Work has started on the ‘Margaret Partridge Plot’!

On Sunday 12th April 2015 we broke new ground by working on the new strip of land which we acquired, thanks to members’ generosity, in 2013.

For further information see the report on our Work Party Reports page

April 2015


Ricky Museum

FoSL have been fortunate enough to be given an opportunity to set up a display in Rickmansworth Museum in March. The plan is to create a display that reflects the diversity of wildlife in and around Stockers Lake Nature Reserve. By informing residents about the work FoSL does to preserve this valuable local Reserve, we hope that the exhibit will attract new members who will actively support our Association. Any ideas?  Phone Sue Sanderson - 01923 445541

January 2015

Recent Sightings

July 2016

16th - Goldeneye (male), Red-crested Pochard (male)

15th - 4 Kingfisher

9th - 4 Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Kingfisher, Goldeneye (male)

June 2016

30th - Goldeneye (male), Kingfisher, Oystercatcher

23rd - Goldeneye (male), Kingfisher

16th - Goldeneye (male), 2 Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, 12 Little Egret (adults & juveniles)

15th - Hobby, Cetti's Warbler

11th - Goldeneye (male), 3 Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, 20 Little Egret (adults & juveniles), 2 Oystercatcher

6th - Peregrine (over the river)

2nd - 2 Hobby, 100+ Swift

1st - 2 Kingfisher, Oystercatcher, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Goldeneye (male), 13 Little Egret (adults & juveniles)

May 2016

26th - Kingfisher + 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard) and on Stocker's Farm : 2 Egyptian Goose, Oystercatcher

24th - Hobby, Oystercatcher, Cetti's Warbler (heard), 12 Common Tern

20th - Kingfisher, Oystercatcher, Cetti's Warbler, Red-crested Pochard (male)

19th - Kingfisher, Goldeneye(male), Cetti's Warbler, 7 Little Egret

16th - Peregrine

11th - Black Tern, Hobby, Goldeneye (male), Cetti's Warbler

10th - Cuckoo (male), 15 Arctic Tern, Goldeneye (male)

8th - Hobby, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher 

5th - Cuckoo, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler

1st - Cetti's Warbler; and on Stocker's Farm - Little Owl

Previous sightings and reports ...