New FPS Chairman

Jim Storey has taken over the reigns of Chairman of the FPS from Colin Gray who held the position for 19 years.  Thankfully, we are not losing Colin’s expertise as he will remain a committee member.  They are pictured either side of Society President, Peter Martin.

YouTube Videos – we have our own link

Committee member, John Sutton, of Clearwater Photography has made some excellent videos showing the work we do at Fleet Pond. You can find them by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/c/FleetPondSociety   Please subscribe to our channel, then any new videos we post will appear in your subscription feed.

 

Results of 2018 Photo Comp – click here

 

FPS Chairman Awarded an MBE in New Year’s Honours List

Congratulations to our Chairman Colin Gray, who has been awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List. The citation reads: “For voluntary service to the community in Fleet, Hampshire.”  A very well-deserved award.

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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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Conservation Sundays

The date for the next volunteering session is: Sunday 14th April 2019.

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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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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