January 4, 2018
David Pottinger writes:
I’m a member of Fleet Film and regularly attend their (very impressive) showings. The last time I was there, prior to the main and short film, they showed a captivating slide show of different places in Fleet. Quite a few featured Fleet Pond (see above and below), so why not keep a look out the next time you’re at Fleet Film and, if you’ve not been to the Pond for a while, perhaps also pay a visit?
You can find out about the screenings at Fleet Film as well as view clips of the films by going to their web site here. There is also a lively feedback section on views on the various films. Fleet Film is a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema (see here).
The first film in 2018 is on Monday 8 January and is the Norwegian film The Wave. Annual membership of Fleet Film is £45 and covers 18 films.
If you would like to support Fleet Pond Society, details and benefits of annual membership can be found here.
Credits: photos courtesy of Brian Biffin.
January 1, 2018
By kind courtesy of local resident Iris Marshall, a photo of the old Victorian boathouse that once used to be at Fleet Pond.
For location, see Boathouse Corner on the map below, just along from Fleet Station at the top; click to enlarge).
For more information on the fascinating and sometimes surprising history of Fleet Pond, take a look at our web site here and example pictures below.
December 27, 2017
The theme for the 2017 Fleet Pond Society (FPS) Photographic Competition is:
‘Beauty and the not so…’
This year’s theme is a “warts and all” celebration of all aspects of Fleet Pond Nature Reserve from the beautiful to the still eye-catching but not so cute. This interesting theme leaves a lot to your imagination and interpretation!
The rules of the competition are:
- Entry is open to all amateur photographers and there is no entry fee.
- All photographs must have been taken at Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.
- The taking of photographs using drones or aerial cameras is prohibited.
- All entries must be received by 7th January 2018 (up to 4 photographs per person).
The “Photographer of the Year” will receive the annually awarded Rose Bowl, which was donated by Fleet Photographic.
Please note that all photographs may be used by FPS for any purpose it chooses.
Please send your entries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All photographs that are received will be acknowledged and the winners will be announced at the FPS AGM in February 2018. In the unlikely case that there is no acknowledgment, please resend.
To see the results of previous competitions, please take a look at the FPS web site (under the Photography tab at the top).
December 17, 2017
Many thanks for the interest you’ve shown in Fleet Pond Blog this year. We’ve been fortunate in having had over 177,000 visits since it started in July 2008!
We’ve lots of ideas for posts for 2018 that we hope you’ll find interesting, so please stay tuned. Also, if you have any requests for topics, we’d be very happy to hear from you…
Until then, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
December 6, 2017
Fleet Pond Ranger, Nick Mafarlane, plus Sunday volunteers (October event)
There will be a volunteer event at Fleet Pond this coming Sunday and all are welcome to attend (see below for registering). To give a flavour, pictures from a previous event can be found here.
On Sunday 10 December we will be doing further work to widen the link between Fugelmere Marsh, Bog Myrtle Glade and Wood Lane Heath. This will allow easier access and flyways for flying insects and bats boosting diversity of food sources. Soil here can be very wet and muddy so wellingtons are recommended or strong waterproof boots.
This is our last task before Christmas so we would welcome festive food contributions to put us all in good (non-alcoholic) spirits! A warm drink as usual will be provided mid-morning.
We meet as usual at the Countryside Workshop, Old Pump House Close, Fleet, GU51 3DN at 9.00 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
The Sunday volunteer tasks are supervised by a Hart Countryside Ranger together with members of Fleet Pond Society.
November 13, 2017
From Visit Hampshire:
Fleet Pond is the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire. The nature reserve has 141 acres of varied habitats including heathland, woodland, reedbed and marsh, and is home for many species of birds. This walk takes a full circuit of Fleet Pond and offers excellent views. The path crosses Brookly Stream, one of the two feeder streams into the lake and passed by the oldest section of Fleet Pond’s woodlands which has good specimens of oak and Scots pine. The perfect walk for capturing those autumnal colours on your camera.
Route distance: 2.5 miles
Start point: Fleet Pond Car Park
You can find detailed information on a variety of walks around Fleet Pond here.
If you’re taking your camera, why not consider entering the Fleet Pond Society photographic competition? The theme this year is
‘Beauty and the not so…’
See here for competition details.