Fleet Pond Society

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.

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Photographic Competition 2018

Theme:-   “It’s the little things.…”

Here are all the details for entry:

  •  All photographs must have been taken at Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.
    NOTE: If your photograph is a close up you need to also include a wider shot that can confirm the location at Fleet Pond.
  •  Up to 3 photographs per person
  •  All photographs received will be acknowledged and may be used by FPS for any purpose it chooses
  • Send photographs together with name and postal address by email to  photocomp@fleetpond.org.uk
  • Closing date : 6th January 2019
  •  ROSE BOWL donated by Fleet Photographic
  • The taking of photographs using drones or aerial cameras is prohibited
    The winners will be announced at the FPS AGM, 16th February 2019

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 Conservation Sundays

The date for the next volunteering session is: Sunday 9th December 2018.

The birds and small mammals are now raising young, so our work will need to be on other than management tasks in the sensitive wildlife areas.  These will depend on weather conditions.  If you would like notice of tasks you can add your name to our circulation list which we use to tell volunteers the work to be done.  Contact chairman@fleetpond.org.uk

As usual please assemble at the Countryside Workshop, Old Pump House Close GU51 3DA, at 9.00 a.m. for a 9.15 start or join us at Westover access point around 10 a.m.   Wellington boots are recommended as access to this area is wet and muddy from recent rains.

If you wish to join us you will need to book your place with the Countryside Ranger and further details can be found at Conservation Tasks page  or on our Blog here.

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FPS Chairman wins prestigious award

We are delighted that our Chairman, Colin Gray, recently won the 2018 Marsh Award for Wetland Conservation Impact. This award is given in recognition of the impact of his work over recent years for wetlands and wildlife of Fleet Pond. Very well deserved.
Pictured is Colin (on the left) being presented with his award by Peter Titley, Ambassador for Marsh Christian Trust and Martin Spray, CEO WWT.

Please click on the link below for full details.

https://www.marshchristiantrust.org/award/marsh-award-for-wetland-conservation-impact/

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Free Fleet Pond App available now for Apple and Android devices

See all the routes around the Pond, the points of interest closest to where you are at any given time, photos, all the entry points and so much more.

Click here for full info and to download it.

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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

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