Fleet Pond Society

Chairman’s Views

 The September task went well with a huge bonfire to clear lots of accumulated cut material from this and previous management work.   A lot was achieved despite a lower turn out of seventeen volunteers, but there is still a lot of scrub to remove from the marsh.  October 8th will see our volunteers in Coldstream Marsh tackling scrub and saplings in that marsh.

 You might hear that the Society is seeking someone to take over the chairman role.  I had best explain why.  It is not because of a health problem; it is more to do with thirty years on the committee and eighteen of those as chairman.   I feel it is time a younger person took on this role.   In 2018, I will celebrate four score years on this beautiful, if rather troubled, planet and certainly high time I took a back seat role with Fleet Pond Society.   I would be happy to have someone shadow me for a period to get to know what being chairman involves.   Some of the things I am now involved with have accumulated over the long period in office and a new person would no doubt decide to drop several!  If anyone out there would like to talk to me about the role, please feel free to do so without any obligation to take it on.

We always welcome corporate groups to do voluntary work at the Pond. They form a valuable contribution to our management work.   Over the next few months we will welcome volunteers from a number of local companies, including Corporate Members Barclaycard and Dimension Data, based on Waterfront Business Park.

Despite some very sound objections to the Hartland Village development put by Fleet Town Council, Fleet & Church Crookham Society and FPS, Hart Council’s Planning Committee voted unanimously to agree to 1,500 houses on this site.  The fact remains that the impact on Fleet Pond of 1,500 houses, representing in the region of 4,000 or more people on our doorstep, could be high.   We will need to watch progress of this controversial housing development very closely.

As already reported, the good news to cheer us up is the noticeably clearer water in Fleet Pond, the increase in aquatic vegetation and, my own particular pleasure, seeing Tufted Ducks once more breeding at the Pond.  I was amused to hear that some fishermen at Fleet Pond do not like Tufted Ducks.   Apparently the anglers throw a handful of bait around the fishing float to attract fish to the hook.   Tufted Ducks have learned to keep a distance from the anglers, but will dive and swim underwater to gather up all the scattered bait.  A clever strategy.

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Congratulations are in order!

Congratulations to our Chairman, Colin Gray, on becoming Green Flag Volunteer of the Year 2017!

Paul Todd of Green Flag with Colin Gray of FPS There was a big surprise for Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society (FPS), at the recent Elvetham Heath Countryside Day.
Chris James, Chairman of CPRE North East Hampshire District Group said: “Colin is a very active member of our district group and has been a leading light in the Fleet Pond Society for over 30 years, the award represents a huge sustained effort on his part. The residents of this part of the county would be very much poorer without access to this unique stretch of water”.    Many congratulations Colin!
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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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 Help us Raise Funds through the Hart Lottery Scheme

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

The lottery is drawn every Saturday. We are already starting to see funds raised through the lottery scheme, even after the first month.

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

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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.

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 8th October

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  or on our Blog here. 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