Fleet Pond Society AGM
Saturday, 18th February at 7.15 pm
SS P & J Church Hall, Kings Road, Fleet
We look forward to welcoming our members.
Photographic Competition winners to be announced.
Please don’t bring raffle prizes on the evening as we have enough. Thanks.
Five run the half marathon on our behalf
We are delighted to be this year’s main partner charity and are very grateful to the five runners who will be completing the course on our behalf.
Please visit the News page on this site for details of all our runners and how you can sponsor them. We are very grateful for all fundraising we receive.
We started 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 involved thinning Bog Myrtle, cutting down willow & birch and dragging cut material to a fire site on Fugelmere Marsh.
The dates for the next few months are:
12th February, 12th March
9th April, 14th May, 11th June
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.
The Last of the Summer Wine Team
The Last of the Summer Wine team morphed into the Time Team as we excavated a WWII site at the Pond. These concrete slabs were placed in situ when the land was owned and used by the military. From the shape of them, our thoughts are that they were supports for large fuel tanks. If anyone knows, please share with us. Unfortunately, we didn’t unearth any interesting artifacts except possibly the remains of their china loo!
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 three retiring members, Vicki Jull, Sue Tilley and David Buckler.
Vicki has been a tireless longstanding member of the Committee. We are very grateful that Vicki is continuing the work she does around the Pond on our behalf despite retiring from the Committe; reading the water level gauges, keeping our noticeboards up to date and generally keeping a very close eye on things. 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: