Welcome to our new website! The content has been refreshed and we hope you like the updated design and modern feel.
Just a reminder that our annual photographic competition for 2015 is now open. The theme is ‘Nature’s Neighbourhood’, for further details see the News page. The competition winners will be announced at our AGM in February 2016.
Mandy has successfully completed her walk for our Clearwater Campaign. She managed extremely well given the heat and humidity. There is still time for you to recognise this achievement by sending some sponsorship funds. Please go to the Sponsorship Page for more details and some pictures of Mandy in her tropical hiking gear.
The need to move the date of our November Conservation Task forward to 1st November might have confused some of our regulars, as attendance was well below our usual numbers. This might also have been partly due to the collapse of my telephone landline such that my reminder e-mail failed to reach some volunteers! Never-the-less we managed to burn a large amount of previously cut material and clear significant holly from along the Sandy Bay boardwalk. Baked potatoes at break time were very welcome. Our next task is Sunday 13th December, starting as usual from the Countryside Workshop, Old Pump House Close, Fleet, GU51 3DA at 9.00 a.m. We will meet at the Countryside Workshop, Old Pump House Close, as usual at 9am. However, you do need to book your place with the Countryside Ranger and further details can be found at Conservation Tasks page.
Visitors may have noticed a large number of fish gathering in The Flash pool, where the pond dipping platform is located. We are not entirely sure why this is happening. The pool is linked to the main pond by a culvert under the footpath so access for fish is easy; but why they choose to gather there is uncertain. The Environment Agency was concerned that so many fish in a small body of water may result in casualties from lack of oxygen, so a team moved many of the fish back to the main pond. Approximately 2000 fish were moved, the investigation continues. For further details see the Hart Countryside Services Facebook page
Have you seen the rolls of coir/reeds at Boathouse Corner recently? They are being planted on the central islands to enable them to further colonise with more reeds, for further details see the Hart Countryside Services Facebook page.
Many thanks to the Logic Group who have helped us this month to thin some holly along the board walk to Sandy Bay. Photographs are on the Hart Countryside Services Facebook page.
We hope you enjoy the new site and welcome your constructive feedback.
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: