Wildlife Day At Fleet Pond – Saturday, 31st May

May 29, 2014

Here’s a reminder that there’s a free Wildlife Day at Fleet Pond this coming Saturday, 31st May (10 am to 2 pm).

At the time of writing the weather forecast is quite reasonable (but please check beforehand).

From the Wildlife Day poster (see here for details):

“Come and join the rangers from Hart Countryside Services and volunteers from the Fleet Pond Society for this free event at Fleet Pond.

Take part in a variety of exciting activities such as pond dipping, bird watching and bug hunting. You can even try some bird box building!

Come and chat with representatives from local organisations such as the RSPB and Hampshire Wildlife Trust, whilst enjoying local crafts and food.

The Odiham District Explorer Scout group will be selling delicious homemade cakes along with tea and coffee.”


The Mackenzie Smith Photography Competition 2014

May 26, 2014

Mackenzie Smith, the local estate agents, with linked offices in Fleet, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Farnborough and Ash Vale, are running a photography competition:

To celebrate these areas we have decided to hold a photography competition to showcase the diversity and beauty of North Hampshire.  The competition will run right through to November 2014 to give you the opportunity to catch the changing seasons.

Mackenzie Smith Photo Competition

We would like you to capture the changing beauty of the local area, or anything that you think is particularly interesting or would make a good picture in the calendar.

There will be two grand prize winners in the following age categories, under 18’s and 18’s & over, with £250 going to each grand prize winner and Mackenzie Smith then also donating £250 to a charity of the winners choosing.

The twelve best entries will make up our 2015 calendar with the twelve photographers all receiving a free copy.

The deadline for the competition is 1st November 2014.

Full competition details (including Terms and Conditions) can be found on their website – see here.

Why not enter a suitable picture taken at Fleet Pond Nature Reserve?


Bird Ringing At The Pond

May 23, 2014

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Martin, from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), can be seen ringing Blue Tits at Fleet Pond SSSI in these photographs taken by Rachel Jones, who was there to assist in this task.

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Martin is carrying out valuable work recording the bird-life in the Nature Reserve as part of the ongoing Constant Effort Sites Scheme (CES):

The Constant Effort Sites (CES) scheme is the first national standardised ringing programme within the BTO Ringing Scheme and has been running since 1983.  Ringers operate the same nets in the same locations over the same time period at regular intervals through the breeding season at over 120 sites throughout Britain and Ireland.

The Scheme provides valuable trend information on abundance of adults and juveniles, productivity and also adult survival rates for 25 species of common songbird.

Martin successfully netted and ringed 25 species of birds in the reed beds at Fleet Pond a week ago.

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Please help us look after our bird life by keeping out of the reed beds as birds are nesting. It is very important that dogs are not allowed in the reed bed and marsh areas at this very sensitive time of year for wildlife. Even the very edges are favoured habitat for nesting birds.

Photo credits: Rachel Jones (Hart Countryside Ranger).

Interesting Video On The Aquatic Plant Nursery Area

May 18, 2014

See above for a recent short video on the progress made in developing the new aquatic plant nursery area at Fleet Pond. It seems that household toilet brushes have many uses!

Details of this task can be found here. This imaginative project is being funded by the Clearwater Campaign of Fleet Pond Society.


Plan for the Fish Exclusion Zone (click to enlarge; feature legend on rhs)

For general background on the overarching Fleet Pond Restoration Project, see the first part of this very clear video from last year:

Wildlife Day At Fleet Pond – Saturday 31st May

May 18, 2014

Wildlife Day Poster May 2014

Volunteer Event This Sunday – 11 May 2014

May 9, 2014

Following on from the very popular Sunday volunteer event in April, the next one is this coming Sunday, 11 May.

For further information and booking (which is essential as the tools and resources needed have to be planned beforehand), please contact Hart Countryside Services – details here.

A picture from the last event (see here for more details):

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Theft At The Pond – The Lions’ View Plaque

May 9, 2014


Sadly, our attractive new wooden plaque for the Lions’ View (seen above) has just been stolen 😦 It was only put up three weeks ago. The matter has been reported to the police.

If you have any information that might be helpful to getting it back, please contact either Colin Gray or Terry Austin. All help would be appreciated.

Colin Gray: 01252 616183 or email colin.gray@talktalk.net
Terry Austin: 01252 624925 or email tsandja2010@live.co.uk

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Putting in the plaque as part of the new and very popular viewpoint