All posts by Michelle Salter

Tadpoles Spring into Life in the Marshes of Fleet Pond

Tadpoles, amphibians, young, pond, movement, frogs, swimming.

One-third of our ponds have disappeared in recent years. That’s why it’s so vital for us to preserve wetlands that provide valuable habitats for amphibians and reptiles.

This short film shows how the aquatic plants in the marshlands at Fleet Pond offer the shelter and food that tadpoles need to survive.

Take a look at some of our other informative films at Fleet Pond Society’s YouTube channel:

Volunteers prepare for a dazzling display of bluebells this spring


Bluebell shoots are starting to appear on the banks of the Sandhills area of the Pond. By clearing the dead bracken that covers them, we can encourage their growth. As a result, we should have a dazzling display of bluebells this spring.

Our usual volunteers were joined by an enthusiastic and hard working team from Fleet Mortgages – you can see us in action in this short video, which can be found on Fleet Pond Society’s YouTube channel:


Improving the islands at Fleet Pond

Improving our islands – this short video shows how we’ve recently started to get to grips with a longstanding issue at Fleet Pond.

Many of the 21 islands created by the lake restoration project, which commenced in 2012, have developed vegetation.

However, some of the islands have remained barren in terms of aquatic plants, due to grazing by geese and the soft, mobile silt bed.

Working in collaboration with Hart Countryside Service, our plan is to use bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliate) to form a buffer zone within the islands and create conditions conducive to colonisation by other aquatic plants once prolific at Fleet Pond.

Bogbean in flower
Bogbean in flower

Bogbean is a robust native plant that forms floating mats. It was originally introduced to Fleet Pond to protect the margins of reedbeds from overgrazing by Canada geese. It’s done a great job, and the once declining reedbeds are now in a much better condition.

We’re transferring bogbean from areas such as Hemelite Bay, where it’s abundant, to islands on the north east corner of the lake. The trials will be monitored, and progress reported.

Bogbean provides habitats for a range of aquatic invertebrates, including dragonflies whose larvae use the stems to climb out of the water.



We’ve set up a Fleet Pond Society channel on YouTube that features a range of short videos showing the work we do at the Pond.

To subscribe to the channel just search for Fleet Pond Society on YouTube. We can only get a customised URL if we have 100 subscribers. Thank you!