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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Search for a New Chairman!

Fleet Pond Society Needs You!
 

 We are searching for a new Chairman for our Society. Are you interested?

The job would probably suit someone recently retired or even partially retired. You don’t have to be an expert naturalist – just interested in Fleet Pond! Essentially you would chair our small, but dynamic executive committee. You would represent us at meetings with Hart Countryside Service and any other meetings with other stakeholders. You would be the face of the Fleet Pond Society and you’d have lots of experience from the committee, the Rangers and others to call upon.

If you’re interested then contact Colin, our current chairman at  chairman@fleetpond.org.uk

 

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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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 Fleet Pond Blog

Visit our blog for some interesting articles relating to the Pond.

http://www.fleetpond.wordpress.com

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Photographic Competition 2017

Theme: ‘Beauty and the not so…’

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

 The closing date was 7th January 2018. Competition winners will be announced at our AGM on 24th February  2018!

For general inspiration, here are some great photos of different aspects of Fleet Pond that have been posted on Twitter over the last six months (see the FPS Twitter feed here for these and many other interesting photos):

Credit: Colin Stock

Credit: Mark Bishop

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 Conservation Sundays

The date for the next volunteering session is: Sunday 11th March 2018.

We will be working on the corridor between Wood Lane Heath and the Bog Myrtle Glade near the Westover Road access point. There is some birch to clear to widen this link between the two habitat types to allow free passage of winged invertebrates, and improve feeding routes for bats and birds.

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. Nick Macfarlane is the ranger with special interest in Fleet Pond.