Why Not Join The Big Butterfly Count For 2017?

July 14, 2017

Why not join in the Big Butterfly Count, either locally or perhaps as a fun activity at Fleet Pond? It runs from the 14th July to the 6th August.

Here are some links to articles on butterflies that can be found at Fleet Pond Nature Reserve:

Butterflies Around The Pond – Have You Seen Any?

Butterflies At The Pond


Fleet Pond Society at Fleet Carnival 2017

July 6, 2017

A group shot of FPS procession volunteers, in a variety of dress!

Here are some photos from the Grand Procession at Fleet Carnival 2017, which took place on Saturday 1st July. The procession theme was ‘Under the Sea’ and you can see that this was imaginatively interpreted by FPS using a Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ (album from 1969) motif.

Travelling down the main street in Fleet, collecting funds

Oswald the Octopus, normally a retiring fellow, decided to hitch a ride on the submarine

Tuning up and just about to burst into song…

A mermaid together with King Neptune

The ever popular meerkats made an appearance…this time as mermaids!


Hart Lottery and Fleet Pond Society

June 24, 2017

If you would like to support Fleet Pond Society by taking part in the lottery scheme recently launched by Hart District Council please go here.

The first Hart Lottery draw will be on Sat 8 July at 8:00PM!

From Hart District Council:

“Hart District Council has launched a new online lottery, the Hart Lottery, to benefit good causes in Hart by providing a great way to raise additional funds.

The Hart Lottery was launched to good causes at an event at the District Council offices on Tuesday 9 May and was attended by over 50 people representing over 30 local good causes…

Tickets cost just £1 each and about 60% goes back to local good causes, in comparison to just 28% contributed by the National Lottery. The remaining 40% goes back into the prize fund and pays for the running costs.

Players can nominate a specific good cause to benefit in which case 50 pence of their £1 ticket goes to that nominated good cause. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize every week. This includes an incredible £25,000 jackpot prize if all six numbers are matched, as well as various other cash prizes.

The Lottery will be live for ticket sales in June and the first Hart Lottery draw will be in July.”


Moths, An Unusual Pet

June 22, 2017

The Elephant Hawk Moth (from Wikipedia)

Peter Martin, President of Fleet Pond Society, writes:

“Most people would regard butterflies as beautiful creatures, but some have an aversion to moths, either because they dislike the fluttering around nearby light sources or due to the holes created in their clothing by clothes-moth caterpillars. It may, therefore, surprise you to learn that one of my favourite pets has been a moth caterpillar.

The Elephant Hawk Moth (see above) lays its ‘whitish-green’ eggs on Willow Herb in June and I was lucky enough to find one of the resulting fully-grown caterpillars crawling across the earth one August looking for somewhere to pupate. They normally do this just below the level of the soil and, to make sure that my caterpillar would not be affected by anything within a sample that I scooped up, I sterilised a small amount before putting it into a container with the caterpillar. As expected, it burrowed into the earth and, through the glass I could see when it had pupated.

If you look at an Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar (see below), you will probably think that it is one of the ugliest of creatures, although very aptly named. I had to wait patiently until the following June for the moth to emerge from the chrysalis, but what a beautiful sight was in store for me. The difference between the moth and the caterpillar was like “beauty and the beast”.

The Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar (from Wikipedia)

Having run a moth trap during some summer nights, I have had the opportunity to see that all moths are not as dowdy as some people would think.   Before letting them go, there is a chance to look at them closely and even the wings of the tiniest moths often have really beautiful colour patterns when seen through a magnifying glass or microscope.”

Ed. Related articles by Peter Martin that may also be of interest include:


Come See Oswald The Octopus

June 14, 2017

Oswald The Octopus Preparing for the Big Day

Fleet Pond Society (FPS) has a strong tradition of contributing imaginative floats to the ever-popular Fleet Carnival. Currently the FPS team is busy preparing our entry for this year’s Grand Procession which will be held on Saturday 1st July (full details here).

Why not keep an eye out for Oswald (pictured above) who will be making a guest appearance 🙂

The colourful FPS float going along the main street during the Grand Procession in 2016


Volunteer Event This Sunday, 11 June

June 7, 2017

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

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, writes:

“Our last task for the current season will be one last attack on birch scrub up on the Dry Heath by the car park. After that, two months “rest” and we will start again Sunday 10th September.

For next Sunday we should not need wellies, just some strong footwear. If you feel you might need water, please bring your own and we will supply the usual warm drink mid-morning. Watch out for bramble which tends to trip the unwary and can tear clothing.”

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.


Wildlife Day at Fleet Pond, Sunday 4 June

May 20, 2017