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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.

21
Feb
Wildfowl Walk - 21 02 16

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.

07
Mar
Work Party - 06 03 16

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

07
Apr
Annual General Meeting - 07 04 16

Our 2016 AGM will be held at 7.30pm on April 7th at Rickmansworth School. We have a particularly fascinating guest speaker lined up this time. See our Annual General Meeting page for further details.

10
Apr
Heron and Egret Watch - 10 04 16

1pm to 4pm: Join us to view the nesting Grey Herons and Little Egrets. Meet on the causeway. Location of viewing dependent on where the birds are nesting. Follow signs from the causeway.

Children under 16 must be accompanied;  Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Please bring your own sting or bite medication.

17
Apr
Work Party - 17 04 16

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

08
May
Spring Chorus and Warbler Walk - 08 05 16

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.

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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.

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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

February 2016

2nd - 2 Water Rail, Yellow Legged Gull, 4 Goldeneye, 9 Red-crested Pochard (6 male), 25 Wigeon, Grey Wagtail (on River Colne)

1st - Peregrine (viewed from Tern Hide moving off towards Mill End), Goosander (Male), 8 Red-crested Pochard

January 2016

30th - Yellow-legged Gull

23rd - 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Redpoll

18th - 4 Goldeneye (2 male), 9 Red-crested Pochard (6 male), 2 Great Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, c.30 Siskin and on Stocker's Farm : Little Owl

17th - 3 Kingfisher, 4 Red-Crested Pochard

12th - 9 Goldeneye (4 male), 3 Red-crested Pochard (2 male), 66 Little Egret (roosted overnight)

11th - Cetti's Warbler

8th - 2 Goosander (males), 2 Goldeneye (pair), 10 Red-crested Pochard (7 males)

7th - Kingfisher, Water Rail, 63 Little Egret (came into roost between 4pm and 5pm), 2 Goosander (males), 3 Goldeneye (1 male), 140+ Siskin

December 2015

29th - Cetti's Warbler (heard on causeway), 4 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 9 Goldeneye (2 male, 7 female)

17th - Goosander (male), 2 Goldeneye (both males), 24 Red-crested Pochard (19 male), 18+ Little Egret, at roost on 'central island', 75+ Fieldfare, at roost at southern end; and on Stocker's Farm : Little Owl

11th - Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, Goldeneye (pair), 7 Red-Crested Pochard (6 male)

6th - Great Black backed Gull

Previous sightings and reports ...