Brooks Fleet Half Marathon – places available
We are delighted to be this year’s main partner charity. Why not run and raise money for the Fleet Pond Society? We have 5 free places left for the event on Sunday 19th March 2017.
If you are interested please drop an email to our Chairman, Colin Gray at email@example.com or phone 01252 616183.
A huge thank you to those who are already running to support us.
A keen group of twenty-four volunteers were supplemented by twelve scouts and their leaders on 11th December for our last second Sunday task of 2016. Rewards for the hard workers included some festive nibbles supplied by volunteers and baked potatoes with butter and cheese. We cleared a lot of birch seedlings and saplings from the Dry Heath and coppiced gorse bushes to help create a denser growth. Part of the work was to uncover a concrete construction believed to be the base of a store left by the army during their ownership of Fleet Pond; a souvenir from the Pond’s history.
We start 2017 with a task on 8th. January working at Wood Lane Heath, Fugelmere Marsh and all that is between, on a mission to increase connectivity between these habitats as a wildlife corridor. It will involve thinning Bog Myrtle, cutting down willow & birch and dragging cut material to a fire site on Fugelmere Marsh.
As usual our volunteers will assemble at the Countryside Workshop, Old Pump House Close, Fleet, GU51 3DA at 9.00 a.m. If you wish to join a task you will need to book your place with the Countryside Ranger and further details can be found at Conservation Tasks page. Nick Macfarlane is the ranger with special interest in Fleet Pond.
Work on the new Avondale Pond and the channel, referred to in the plans as a “canal”, has been completed. All that remains to be done of the planned work funded by Thames Water is the cleansing of the four “stew ponds” that will connect to this channel and be protected from incursion of any sewage spill by a high soil bank.
The Last of the Summer Wine volunteers have completed restoration of the wildlife pond at Elvetham Heath Primary School. All that remains to be done is to refill the pond. The Fire Service have been asked to assist with this during the February half term holiday. See the News & Reports page for further information and photographs.
You might not be surprised to hear that I was again voted as Chairman for 2016/17. This will therefore be my 17th year in this role, far too long in my estimation, but I will do my best to continue to serve the Society and the Pond. We would very much like to see a few new faces on the committee. Anyone who would like to consider joining us would be welcome to come to one of our committee meetings to meet the committee and see if you can help. This is more important now we have said thank you and goodbye to two retiring members, Sue Tilley and David Buckler. Sue is very busy with her other community involvement and David is seeking more involvement in wildlife work and studies. I am extremely grateful for the help and support they have given the Society.
William Legge has compiled a fascinating list of all the bird species spotted on Fleet Pond between 1970 and 2016. You can click below to see this interesting document. It is also on the Wildlife Page.
Visit our blog for some interesting articles relating to the Pond.
About the Fleet Pond Society
Fleet Pond Society (FPS) is the voluntary group that exists to protect and manage Fleet Pond Nature Reserve. From our birth on 28th April 1976 up to the formation of the Hart Countryside Service in 1994, virtually all management was by volunteers under FPS guidance.
Our readiness to seek advice and expert guidance on the conservation management of a Site of Special Scientific Interest earned us the respect of Natural England, the controlling body for important wildlife sites. Today we work in a close and positive relationship with the Hart District Council Countryside Rangers to ensure best use is made of the voluntary resources FPS can provide.
Our volunteers work to maintain the diversity of wildlife habitat at the Reserve. This includes keeping the open heath and marsh areas free of invasive species; clearing footpaths of overhanging vegetation; repairing fences and strengthening the banks of streams against erosion.
Some of our donation and sponsorship funds have provided new facilities for the public, including a pond dipping platform, bench seats along footpaths and the popular viewing area, ‘Lions’ View’, on the eastern side of the Pond.
The Society relies for its income on a healthy membership that supports it through an annual subscription. Local people and organisations have made donations recognising the value of Fleet Pond as a safe haven for wildlife and a valuable community amenity for visitors from Fleet and the adjacent towns.
FPS has also benefited from money raised through sponsored walks and cycle rides. Fleet Carnival Committee, Fleet Morning Townswomen’s Guild, Neale Turk LLP and Fleet Lions Club are some recent examples of organisations sponsoring specific projects.
To learn how you can help Fleet Pond Society go to the following pages: