Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

Stocker's Lake 2018
Sunday morning outing

Date: Sunday 25 March 2018 at 09:30


We arrived at Springwell Lane car park on a dry but rather chilly day.

We walked round with Inns lake on the left side of the footpath, to see goldeneye and tufted duck.

As we walked round with the canal on the right and Stocker's lake on the left, we did see about 15-20 grey herons and some little egrets nesting in the trees opposite.

We also saw the red-crested pochards in amongst some pochards and also saw the usual noisy black-headed gulls.

As we walked round to the bridge over the canal, we hoped to see the little owl but our luck was not in. At least the house sparrows were still there in good numbers.

The goosanders were not at Stocker's Lake for some reason; the warden said that they had not been seen this winter.

We had 13 people make the trip, to see 46 species and hear another three. This was better than last year, perhaps because we were one month later.

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Stocker's Lake, 25/3/2018, overcast

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose




Red-crested Pochard


Tufted Duck



Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite

Common Buzzard




Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Wood Pigeon


Green Woodpecker (H)

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Ring-necked parakeet




Carrion Crow


Blue Tit

Great Tit

Cetti's Warbler (H)

Long-tailed Tit


Nuthatch (H)



Song Thrush



House Sparrow


Reed Bunting

46 Bird Species seen and 3 heard

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

13 People

---- Original Programme Information ----

Meet at 9:30 am in the car park, off Springwell Lane, WD3 8UR. OS TQ041932 Lat/Long: 51.6288, -0.4965
Click here for a map of the free car park location

Stocker's Lake is an old flooded gravel pit between the River Colne and the Grand Union canal. One of a chain of lakes that provide a wintering area for nationally important numbers of ducks. Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve is managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust with the help of the Friends of Stocker’s Lake.

There are four hides on the southern edge of Stocker's Lake lake, the duck screen in the northern corner, plus Stocker's Farm. The farm is to the south-east, across the canal - where the scale is on the map below.

Including a visit to Stocker's Farm, our walk distance is 2.5 miles, on level (but possibly muddy) paths. There are no toilets or cafe on our route, the nearest are a quarter of a mile off our route, at the south-east corner of Bury Lake.

On our visit of 25 February 2017, we saw 41 wetland and woodland species.

Rarities seen around the time of this visit include goldeneye, siskin, kingfisher, snipe, little owl, red-crested pochard, smew and stonechat. Grey herons will be nesting but it may be too early to see chicks.

A map of Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve

Click here for information about Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve

or here for information from the Friends of Stocker’s Lake