Fleet Pond Society

Conservation Sunday

The next Conservation Sunday is 9th October.  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 now the ranger with special interest in Fleet Pond.

Important Information about Blue-Green Algae in Fleet Pond

Please note there is currently a Blue Green Algae bloom at Fleet Pond. Please keep dogs out of the water and avoid bodily contact.

Blue Green Algae occurs naturally but Blooms like those at fleet Pond occur when numbers become excessive. It is a temporary Bloom and occurs during prolonged dry periods followed by rain. The rain flows through the catchment washing nutrients into the streams and ditches which then enter the pond in a process called Eutrophication.

People should ensure that they do not enter the pond or make contact with the water. Toxins in the algae can cause skin rashes, eye irritation, fever, diarrhea and fever in people who have swallowed or swam through algal scum. The toxins in the algae are also harmful to animals so pet owners should keep their animals away from the pond.

If people have made contact with the water they should not panic as the symptoms described above do not occur in every case. People are advised to wash their skin down after contact with the affected water but if symptoms persist people should visit a doctor. If their pets become ill after drinking affected water they should seek veterinary advice.

For further information please contact the Ranger team: countryside@hart.gov.uk or phone them on 01252 623443.

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Chairman’s Views

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.

Fleet Pond Society, in cooperation with Hart Countryside Service and John s Associates Ltd., applied to Thames Water for funds to construct a new settlement pond to the rear of the Avondale Road Pumping Station.  The objective is to arrest any sewage escape from the Pumping Station before it can enter Brookly Stream and be carried into Fleet Pond.  The new pond will be isolated from the four small ponds in Brookly Wood to ensure no sewage escape reaches these ponds or the gardens of Avondale Road or Chestnut Grove.   Thames Water will remove any sewage in the pond should an escape occur.  The small Brookly Wood ponds will drain into the new Brookly Pond constructed last year via a pipe which will be laid under the footpath.   The application was successful and work has started.   

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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.

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Fleet Pond Blog

Visit our blog for some interesting articles relating to the Pond.

www.fleetpond.wordpress.com

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:

Join Us

Become Corporate Members

Through volunteering with Conservation Tasks

Donating

Sponsorship

Raising Money