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Volunteer Event This Sunday, 13 May

There will be a volunteer event at Fleet Pond this coming Sunday and all are welcome to attend (see below for registering).

We meet as usual at the Countryside Workshop, Old Pump House Close, Fleet, GU51 3DN at 9.15 a.m. Please park in Kenilworth Road as parking is very restricted at the workshop.

For further information and booking for this event (which is essential as tools and resources have to be planned beforehand), please contact Hart Countryside Services:

Phone: 01252 623443
 Email: countryside@hart.gov.uk

The Sunday volunteer tasks are supervised by a Hart Countryside Ranger together with members of Fleet Pond Society.

FPS Photographic Competition 2018

The theme for the FPS Photographic Competition for 2018 is

“It’s the little things.…”

Here are the entry details:

  • All photographs must have been taken at Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.
    Note: If your photograph is a close-up you need to also include a wider shot that can confirm the location at Fleet Pond.
  • Up to 3 photographs per person.
  • All photographs received will be acknowledged and may be used by FPS for any purpose it chooses.
  • Send photographs together with name and postal address by email to  photocomp@fleetpond.org.uk
  • Closing date : 6th January 2019.
  • The Rose Bowl award is donated by Fleet Photographic.
  • The taking of photographs using drones or aerial cameras is prohibited.

The winners of the competition will be announced at the FPS AGM in February 2019.

Best of luck!

A Note On Feeding The Ducks

An advice poster on feeding wildfowl (click to enlarge)

Taking a bag of bread down to a Pond, river or canal and feeding the swans, geese, ducks and seagulls is something that has been done for generations.

What could be better for all of us than enjoying time out in the fresh air and feeding the ducks. Better for us, yes, but as far as bread goes, not better for the swans, geese, ducks and seagulls etc.

It is proven that feeding bread to these hungry birds is not a good thing. Although it fills them up, bread has very little nutritional value for them and is doing more harm than good.

The Countryside Rangers have issued a new poster (see above) encouraging visitors to feed the wildfowl with pelleted duck food, available from most good pet stores.

It’s just as much fun and you have the happy feeling of knowing that you are feeding them well. Please look out for the posters on the noticeboards and jetties around the Pond.

See also: Keeping Our Ducks Healthy

An information board on some of the wildlife at Fleet Pond