Cuckoo flower by the Flash
Previously we’ve posted articles that feature some of the wildflowers that can be seen at Fleet Pond during the spring and summer months. Why not keep an eye out for them when you next take a walk around the Pond? There are more that you might realise!
Rowan berries in woodland
Here’s a listing of the articles:
March: Lesser Celandine and the Brookly Stream
April: Marsh Marigold, Cuckoo Flower, Dog-violet & Forget-me-not
May: Bogbean, Garlic Mustard and Skunk Cabbage
June: Yellow Flag Iris, Honeysuckle and Yellow Water-lily
July: Heather, Lichen, Meadowsweet and Yellow Loosestrife
August: Berries, Rosebay Willowherb and Purple Loosestrife
You might also want to take a look at the Species Explorer provided by The Wildlife Trusts.
Bogbean flowers at Hemelite Bay
This unusual photo of the secretive Water Rail catching a small bream at the margins of the ice at Fleet Pond was kindly provided by John Sutton.
See also here.
Local photographer John Sutton grabbed this impressive snap of a water rail on the Pond during the recent icy weather. This is a very secretive bird that lives deep in the reedbeds from most of the year, but emerges into the open when the pond is frozen over. You can get a good idea of its size by the moorhen just behind it!
Further information on the Water Rail here.
Earlier this year, a warning was given of the presence of harmful algal blooms at Fleet Pond (see here).
We are happy to say that the blue green algae has now gone from the Pond as confirmed by the Environment Agency last month.
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Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society (FPS), writes:
“Sharyn Wheale, the Hart Council representative on the FPS Committee, is a Governor of the Elvetham Heath Primary School and she asked us if we could help restore the school pond. Terry Austin and Colin Gray did an initial assessment of the pond which was in a very neglected and overgrown condition. They invited parents, teachers and children to come to the school on 18th September 2016 to clear all the vegetation in preparation for a small digger to be used to re-profile the pond. A good turn-out ensured a lot was achieved!
The digger (see above) worked on 26th October, during half term so as not to endanger inquisitive youngsters with heavy machinery. It was discovered that there was an concrete base under all the accumulated mud. This complicated matters as the supports for a new pond dipping platform could not be driven into concrete. A scaffolding frame was built instead and the new platform fixed to the frame.
The next phase will be to fill the new pond and put back all the invertebrate life we rescued from the old pond and plant lots of new aquatic and marginal plants. All the labour was supplied by Fleet Pond Society’s Last of the Summer Wine volunteers. A lot of volunteer time and effort went into a much bigger task than any had anticipated. However the team were very pleased at the result but declared never again to take on quite such a large task!”
We will keep you informed of progress on this very challenging task!
If you would like to support FPS in the many voluntary tasks we carry out each year, please consider donating or joining (just £10 a year).