Fleet Pond Society

TOXIC BLUE-GREEN ALGAE PRESENT IN FLEET POND

The presence of TOXIC BLUE-GREEN ALGAE has been confirmed at Fleet Pond. Please read the following advice from the Hart Countryside Service:

• Do not allow your dogs to swim or drink water from the pond. If they go in unintentionally, make sure they do not lick themselves and wash them down to remove the algae from their fur.

• If you come into contact with the algal blooms ensure good hygiene before eating and drinking.

• Symptoms may include skin rashes, vomiting, fever and joint pains. If you feel unwell or are concerned please contact your doctor.

• Unwell pets should be taken to a vet as soon as possible.

We will update once this has cleared.

Thank you.

Fleet Pond Blog

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 WE’VE LAUNCHED OUR HART LOTTERY PAGE

If you would like to support Fleet Pond Society by taking part in the lottery scheme recently launched by Hart District Council please go to https://www.hartlottery.co.uk/support/fleet-pond-society/buytickets

The first Hart Lottery draw will be on Sat 8 July at 8:00PM!

 

Further details can be found http://fleetpond.org.uk/how-you-can-help/raising-money/

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Chairman’s Views

With a busy season just finished on our June task, we have a brief period of rest for our volunteers until work begins again on 10th September.   Meanwhile the committee is not going to be idle.   Saturday 1st July sees FPS entering our walking float in Fleet Carnival.   Theme this year id “Under the Sea” and Terry and his band of Last of the Summer Wine volunteers have built a yellow submarine on an old boat trailer suitably decorated as an under-sea exploration boat.   Four of the LSW team are to be dressed as Beatles with inflatable guitars, for my sins I am to be King Neptune and three others are “merpeople” and one a mermaid.   Quite a weird mixture.   The Meercats will feature again as Meermaids!

Next event will be our stand at the Elvetham Heath Nature Action Day on The Keys, Elvetham Heath organised by the EH parish council.   We plan to have a couple of kiddies games, a display of the work we did to restore EH Primary School wildlife pond and lots of leaflets.   That is Sunday 23rd July.   Hope to see you there.

Sad news reached us of the passing of Chris Hall, a man who has known Fleet Pond since his childhood and was an ecologist and biologist of great local renown.   Back in 1992/93 Chris provided all the data, knowledge and experience in helping me write the first comprehensive management plan for Fleet Pond.   He will be sadly missed by all in the nature conservation field in this part of Hampshire and over the border in Surrey.

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 Photographic Competition 2017

Theme:

‘Beauty and the not so…’

This year’s theme is a “warts and all” celebration of celebration of all aspects of Fleet Pond Nature Reserve from the beautiful to the still eye-catching but not so cute.

Get out and get clicking around the Fleet Pond Reserve.

For full details on how to enter the competition, please click here.

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 Conservation Sundays

The date for the next volunteering session is: Sunday 10th September

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.

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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.

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