Fleet Pond Wildlife Day 2015

June 23, 2015

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Having a go at identifying the fish typically found in Fleet Pond!

To give a flavour of the event, here is a selection of photos that I took at the Wildlife Day held at Fleet Pond on Saturday 30 May this year.

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Members of Fleet Pond Society explaining the wide variety of tasks that we carry out at the Pond

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Tasty refreshments provided by the Chieftain Explorer Scouts

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Fun and games for the children

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An  overview of some of the attractions – it was a really nice day too!

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Traditional ice cream was on hand…

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An interesting day out for the family

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The stall of Blackwater Valley Countryside

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An open air demonstration of some basic First Aid

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Advertising a forthcoming event…

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The fish tank attracted a lot of attention (see also picture at top above)

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Making sure everything is under control

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Bird watching and info on one of the jetties (RSPB)

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Pond dipping at the platform

The original poster for the event can be found here.

Photo credits: David Pottinger.


Beavers Pay A Visit To The Pond

June 11, 2015

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Above and below are a selection of photos taken when the Hawk Moth Beavers, of the 100th Elvetham Heath Scout Group, visited Fleet Pond last month.

Information on Scouting and the different sections of the above Scout Group can be found on their website here, including:

Scouting is run by volunteers, and all of those involved in the 100th Elvetham Heath Scout Group give their time and skills to make Scouting happen. We always need leaders, assistants and parent helpers to make the evenings possible for the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, but other volunteers are also necessary.

If you have a skill, trade or hobby and could spare some time, please let us know.

Many thanks to the Beavers for supplying the photos.

This event provides a good example of one of the many ways that Fleet Pond Society (FPS) helps in raising awareness and appreciation of Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.

If you would like to join FPS, and in so doing help support us in our numerous voluntary activities, please see here.

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Volunteer Event This Sunday, 14 June

June 10, 2015

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

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, writes:

“Ranger Rachel has set the task for Sunday as a Bamboo Bash along the Brookly Stream. Some of you will need wellington boots but access via dry land is available for the less adventurous volunteers.”

For further information and booking (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.


The Golden Gray Bridge

June 5, 2015

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Colin and Mavis Gray, after opening the new bridge

Cathy Holden writes:

Colin and Mavis Gray, of the Fleet Pond Society, came back from their holiday to a huge surprise recently. In recognition of their thirty year involvement with the Fleet Pond Nature Reserve and their forthcoming Golden Wedding anniversary, their colleagues on the Executive Committee decided to install a new bridge in their honour.

The mission took a lot of planning in order to keep it a complete secret from Colin and Mavis. While they were on a weeks’ holiday, the ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ volunteer team, under Project Manager Terry Austin, Vice Chairman of the Fleet Pond Society, moved in to construct the new bridge over the stream at Fugelmere Road.

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The plaque on the new bridge (click to expand)

Phill Gower, of local firm Cove Industries, constructed the framework for the bridge, and worked alongside the Fleet Pond Society team to help install it.

A surprised Colin said:

“Mavis and I feel very honoured to have a bridge named for us in celebration of our Golden Wedding Anniversary and as a thank you for our work for the Pond and our other community work. It was a totally unexpected surprise. We do not feel we deserve such a high tribute but it is heart-warming to find that our friends and colleagues feel we do.

Everyone involved kept it a very close secret, a remarkable feat in itself given how many took part in the planning and construction!”

Photo credits: Cathy Holden.

Ed. I will be publishing a series of photos on the construction of the bridge, which was very interesting in it’s own right, in a future article.