Fleet Pond Wildlife Day – Sunday 26th May

April 30, 2013

Wildlife Day Poster May 2013

There are lots of exciting activities planned for the Fleet Pond Wildlife Day on Sunday 26th May. This is a free event and is open from 10am till 2pm, so drop in anytime!

Fun things to do will include:

  • learning about the amazing wildlife on a guided walk
  • running around and getting messy with games and crafts
  • take a look through telescopes at the Tern island
  • try your hand at pond dipping with the Fleet Pond Society
  • watch the fantastic art of chainsaw carving
  • or sit and have a cup of tea and cake with the Odiham Scouts

In addition, there will be lots of stalls with interesting things to see and do, so why not pop in and try something new?

Find us at Boathouse Corner, which will be signposted from the Main Fleet Pond Car Park and Fleet Train Station.


Fleet Pond Society Receives Environmental Award

April 27, 2013

Lions Environmental Award Apr13

Jim Storey and Colin Gray

From The Lions Club of Fleet (see news item for 21 April 2013):

“Fleet Pond Society is this year’s worthy recipient of the Lions District’s Helen Deakin Environment Award. They were nominated by Fleet Lions for their outstanding work for Fleet Pond nature reserve, particularly their Clearwater Campaign.

Lion Jim Storey presented the trophy to Colin Gray, the Society’s Chairman, at the recent Hart District Council Chairman’s fundraising dinner at the WE restaurant. This was accompanied by a cheque for £100.

Lions have run numerous campaigns to help and promote the environment over the years. And many Clubs help their own local environments with cleanups, recycling schemes, conservation tasks and donations of materials.

Helen Deakin was a lady who used to get up at five every morning and clean up her local area. The 66 Clubs of Lions District 105D celebrated her dedication by naming the trophy for their ‘Make the World a Better Place’ competition in her honour.”

Ed. From the site above (About Us):

“The Lions is the largest voluntary organisation in the world. Every penny we collect is spent on community projects. We fund all administration through our subscriptions. We have 39 members who all live in the Fleet area and come from all walks of life.”


Colin’s Triple SI Challenge (A Walkathon For Wildlife)

April 18, 2013

TripleSI Route 2013

A Map Of The Route (21 Miles In All) – Click to Enlarge

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society (FPS), writes:

“As 2013 is my 75th year, I thought it was about time I escaped from my desktop computer for a while, stopped going on about Fleet Pond and went out to earn some funds for the nature reserve!

FPS Treasurer, Nick Keeley, has drawn out a route for a walk that will take me to as many wildlife and environmentally important sites as possible in one day (see picture above).

The walk will visit or pass very close to:

  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI or Triple SI)
  • Local Nature Reserves (LNR)
  • Special Protection Areas (SPA)
  • Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC)

The route totals approximately 21 miles. As Fleet Pond is the start and end point and is a SSSI, I felt it appropriate to use Triple SI as the name of the challenge!

I will be accompanied on each section of the route by a member of Fleet Pond Society Committee to ensure I do not get lost, fall down a rabbit hole or get mugged by the local wildlife!”

The walk will take place in September 2013 and the exact date will be specified nearer the time, to take into account likely weather conditions.

If you would like to sponsor Colin, please go here

The money raised will be used to fund elements of the Fleet Pond Restoration Programme which will include upgrading footpaths, installing more picnic benches and seats and use of dredged silt for onsite work like a new viewpoint.


Sunday Volunteer Task – 14 April 2013

April 12, 2013

Colin Gray writes:

“This Sunday’s task is to move a large amount of cut material from the seasons work parties to Boathouse Corner and from there out to the new islands.

In May, 8,000 new reed plants will arrive to be planted on the islands!

The cut material, birch, alder and willow top growth, will be laid over and around the new reed plants to stop ducks and geese grazing all the new plants and allow them to root and grow to mature plants.

Meet at the Countryside Workshop to leave at 9.15 a.m. or follow the signposted directions from there if you come a little later.”

Full details of the Sunday volunteer events can be found here, including the schedule up to June 2013.

All new volunteers are very welcome!


A Sunday Sort-Out At Sandy Bay

April 2, 2013

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Sandy Bay on March 10

David Pottinger writes:

Here are some photos from the Sunday Volunteer Event held on 10th March this year. The aim was to make further progress with the clearance at Sandy Bay prior to the workmen arriving to carry out the dredging in that area (see below).

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Sandy Bay on March 21

There was a very good turnout and a wide range of ages, including family groups.

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Skimming with attitude!

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It’s surprising how much you can get done with a team of people working for a few hours – all the small trees and gorse have been completely removed! It’s great being out in the fresh air too.

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Men (and women) at work

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The final result – everything neat and tidy!

The next Sunday Volunteer Event will take place on April 14th (details will be posted on this blog nearer the time). Why not consider coming along, all volunteers are very welcome!