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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.

02
Nov
Work Party

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

07
Dec
Work Party

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

04
Jan
Work Party

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

11
Jan
Wildfowl Walk

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.

01
Feb
Work Party

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

15
Feb
Wildfowl Walk

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.

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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. This year, for the first time, the recorders entered their results directly onto the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme database, one of the world’s largest butterfly and moth recording schemes with records countrywide.  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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October newsletter

FoSL's October 2014 newsletter is now being mailed and emailed to members. It is stuffed with many interesting articles including Andrew Moon's restyled 2013 bird report, recent event reports, news about tree work this winter, cattle, bats and much more.

October 2014

Tree Work this Winter

Affinity Water, owners of Stocker’s Lake, have carried out a major tree safety survey on Stocker’s Lake.  As a result the, tree surgery begins this winter to make safe any potentially dangerous trees.  Work will include some felling as well as coppicing and removal of branches.

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Recent Sightings

October 2014

14th - 60 Redwing

8th - Garganey preening in water at 4pm; 2 Stonechat (pair) - on Stocker's Farm between pumping station and farm 

3rd - Red Crested Pochard (2 pairs)

2nd - on Stocker's Farm : 2 Stonechat, Little Owl

September 2014

14th - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

9th - hobby

August 2014

31st - hobby

30th - kingfisher

29th - hobby + 5 Egyptian Geese

22nd - hobby

19th - 12 sand martin + 8 house martin

12th - hobby + kingfisher

3rd - hobby

Previous sightings and reports ...