FPS Photo Competition: Woods, Water and Wildlife

October 18, 2013

Photo Comp Poster 2013 bA reminder for all our photography friends! The original post came out in July this year.

The results for the photographic competition for 2012 can be found here as well as (under Pictures on the main menu) the results from earlier years.

Best of luck!


Enjoying The Last Of The Summer Wine

October 12, 2013

2013-10-11 LOSW smMandy, Nick, Terry and Geoff from the LOSW Team (Oct 2013)

The ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ (LOSW) team are a number of volunteers that meet on a Friday to do a wide variety of conservation tasks around the Pond. Over the last couple of months they have been focusing on the new islands, as seen in the photos. By the way, there’s an impressive aerial view of the new islands here.

2013-09-27 LOSW smStarting a fire on Tern Island (Sept 2013)

2013-09-27 LOSW 2 smThe jackets are in case they fall into the water getting out there and back! (Sept 2013)

As well as doing really useful work, it’s all very lighthearted and fun as well. Apparently some of the team have even given themselves names eg Compo and Marina!

If you have some time on a Friday and feel like doing some voluntary work in the fresh air, please get in touch with the organiser Terry Austin on 01252 624925 or email tsandja2010@live.co.uk for further details. The team consists of a mix of ages and genders and new volunteers are very welcome.

Photo credits: Rachel Jones, Countryside Ranger (Grazing)

Premier Inn At The Pond

October 7, 2013

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Group shot (mainly the Fleet Premier Inn Team)

David Pottinger writes:

On Wednesday 2 October, a large team of volunteers from Premier Inn (PI) took part in a conservation event at the dry heath at Fleet Pond. It was part of a series of team-building activities that were being carried out prior to the opening of the new PI hotel in Fleet on Monday 7 October.

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Collecting birch to take to the fire (a distance away)

The weather was great and a lot of work got done, mainly clearing birch, and was supervised by Rangers as well as members of Fleet Pond Society (some of which are in the photo above).

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PI volunteers hard at work, here cutting a clump of birch

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FPS volunteers starting a fire – smokey work!

A Very Successful Charity Trek!

October 5, 2013


Colin Gray, with Nick Keeley, at one of the conservation sites on the way

David Pottinger writes:

On Sunday 22 September, Colin Gray set out and successfully completed his challenging 21 mile trek! The aim was to raise money for the Fleet Pond Clearwater Campaign and, as of today, nearly £1,800 has been donated – many thanks to everyone!

Full details of the trek can be found here and an interesting set of pictures from the day can be found here. The photos immediately above and below come from this set.


Colin, with Cathy Holden and Mandy Saxby, near Aragon Hall

The photos were kindly provided by Nick Keeley, who is the Treasurer of Fleet Pond Society. Nick is very familiar with such charity events as in 2010 he cycled to Liverpool and back to raise funds for Fleet Pond!

It’s not too late to support Colin’s achievement and you can donate online here.

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Colin Gray, back at the workshop, together with the walk escorts

Picture credits: Nick Keeley (top two, with permission), bottom David Pottinger.