Stockers Lake, Rickmansworth
Stockers lake is one of the oldest gravel pits in the Colne Valley.
Wintering ducks include goldeneye, gooseander, smew, shoveler plus
all the usual species. In spring the warblers include sedge, reed,
blackcap, willow, whitethroat and garden. The heronry has up to 70
breeding pairs and common terns nest on the rafts provided.
Allow 3 to 4 hours for the walk round so you can include Springwell
lake (signposted) in spring where cuckoo and cetti's warbler can be
heard and seen. Stockers field on the other side of the canal should
be checked for little ringed plover, little owl and lapwing.