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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.

10
May
Spring Chorus and Warbler Walk - 10 05 15

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.

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.

16
May
Recruitment Drive Day 1 - 16 05 15

From 8:30am. On the reserve to coincide with the Rickmansworth Canal Festival & Environment days. Come and help us recruit new members.

17
May
Recruitment Drive Day 2 - 17 05 15

From 8:30am. A second membership recruitment day on the reserve to coincide with the Rickmansworth Canal Festival & Environment days.

21
Jun
Wildflower Walk - 21 06 15

14: 00 - Meet on the Causeway : A guided walk to look at the flora of the reserve.

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.

16
Aug
Dragonfly and Butterfly Walk - 16 08 15

10:30am: 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.

06
Sep
Work Party - 06 09 15

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

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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

Updated Butterfly and Dragonfly walk report

A brief report by Barbara James of our August 2014 butterfly and dragonfly walk was provided in the October 2014 FoSL newsletter. However a more detailed, illustrated version written by walk leaders Jane Archer (Dragonflies) and Cliff Buckton (Butterflies) is now on our event reports page or available from here.

November 2014

Butterfly Survey 2014

As in previous years, a small but dedicated band of enthusiasts have recorded butterfly sightings during the summer of 2014. Each week, a recorder walked around the Lake recording all butterflies seen. Thanks to our excellent team of butterfly recorders, Carol and Dick Beeden, Cliff and Jacky Buckton, Carrol Scott, and leader Barbara James, we have some interesting results. For full details please download our 2014 butterfly survey report from here. Alternatively, read on for a brief synopsis of the main findings.

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E Services to Members

From our Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Dick Beeden, Fosl is planning to expand its on-line services to its members. For more details read on...

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Recent Sightings

April 2015

19th - Cuckoo (male), Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler

16th - 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sedge Warbler

12th - 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Blackcap (8 male and 2 female), Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff

11th - 4 Hobby at Stocker's Farm

8th - 2 Kingfisher, 3 Goldeneye (1 male + 2 females), 2 Red-crested Pochard, 12 Little Egret (8 occupied nests in heronry), 3 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff

6th - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Red Crested Pochard (males)

2nd - 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Goldeneye (1 male, 3 females), Black Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose

March 2015

28th - Goldeneye (female)

27th - Osprey (seen overhead around midday)

26th - Kingfisher (from Kingfisher hide), 2 Red Crested Pochard, Chiffchaff

22nd - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Red Crested Pochard, 7 Goldeneye (2 male)

20th - 4 Chiffchaff + Oystercatcher

17th - 2 Kingfisher (pair) + 2 Goldeneye (pair); also at Stocker's Lock - 2 Grey Wagtail (pair) and at Stocker's Farm - 3 Common Snipe

13th - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (male, drumming and foraging on island at causeway end of lake)

12th -  Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (in oak tree on island opposite causeway); also Chiffchaff (singing) and on Stocker's Farm : 3 Common Snipe

10th - Kingfisher, 2 Egyptian Goose, 7 Little Egret

8th -  Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (male, drumming in oak tree on island opposite causeway), Kingfisher, 8 Goldeneye (3 male + 5 female) 

6th -  Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (calling and showing well at Boating Club end of causeway), 3 Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, 18 Goldeneye (6 male + 12 female) 

1st - 13 Goldeneye (5 male + 8 female) and on Stocker's Farm : 2 Stonechat (pair), Common Snipe, 3 Egyptian Goose

February 2015

25th - Kingfisher + 7 Goldeneye (3 male + 4 female)

23rd - 4 Goldeneye (2 male + 2 female);

20th - 12 Goldeneye (4 male + 8 female) and on Stocker's Farm : 2 Common Snipe + Stonechat (female)

18th - 2 Egyptian Goose, 13 Goldeneye (4 male + 9 female)  and on Stocker's Farm : 2 Little Owl + Stonechat (female)

14th - 19 Goldeneye (6 male + 13 female); 5 Red-crested Pochard (3 male + 2 female)

10th to 14th inclusive - Smew (male)

6th - 10 Goldeneye (2 male + 8 female); Water Rail and on Stocker's Farm - Stonechat (male)

2nd - 11 Goldeneye (3 male + 8 female); 7 Red-crested Pochard (5 male + 2 female) and on Stocker's Farm - Common Snipe (on flooded field)

Previous sightings and reports ...