Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve

Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve © Rob Hopkins

Stocker's Lake

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, all hides at this reserve remain closed.

A large and attractive lake in the Colne Valley with nationally important numbers of wintering birds, including spectacular goldeneye and smew.


Rickmansworth Aquadrome

OS Map Reference

TQ 049 939
A static map of Stocker's Lake

Know before you go

40 hectares

Parking information

Park in Aquadrome car park on Frogmore Lane.


Good non-paved paths.


On a lead


Bird hides

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times. Cafe at nearby Bury Lake.

Best time to visit

April 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.

Seasonal Highlights
 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.

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)


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
R1, R2 – Tesco stop (0.5 miles).
Rail: Rickmansworth (1 mile).

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