A large and attractive lake in the Colne Valley with nationally important numbers of wintering birds, including spectacular goldeneye and smew.
Know before you go
Parking informationPark in Aquadrome car park on Frogmore Lane.
Good non-paved paths.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times. Cafe at nearby Bury Lake.
Best time to visitApril to July, November to February
About the reserve
Stocker’s Lake is one of the oldest gravel pits in the area. Wintering ducks such as shoveler are common visitors. Over 60 species of breeding birds have been recorded here and the heronry is the largest in the county. Stocker’s Lake is owned by Affinity Water and managed by the Trust.
Spring: Chiffchaff, Cetti’s warbler, heron, little egret, swallow.
Summer: Common tern, Daubenton’s bat, purple loosestrife, southern hawker.
Autumn: Great crested grebe, osprey, red admiral.
Winter: Goldeneye, kingfisher, shoveler, siskin, redpoll, wigeon.
Site entrance: Turn left out of the Aquadrome car park, pass Bury Lake and café on your right. Stocker’s Lake is 0.2 miles on the right. There is
also pedestrian access via Uxbridge Road and Springwell Lane.
Disability access: Please bring your radar key, as there are several gates to pass around the lake that require one.
Access by road: Head north from Harefield on the Rickmansworth/ Harefield Road. After a mile turn left to stay on Harefield Road. After a mile turn left onto Frogmore Lane to access Aquadrome car park.
Access by public transport
Bus: R1, R2 – Tesco stop (0.5 miles).
Rail: Rickmansworth (1 mile).