Rail Fishing At Pond

January 30, 2017

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This unusual photo of the secretive Water Rail catching a small bream at the margins of the ice at Fleet Pond was kindly provided by John Sutton.

See also here.


Final Point on the FPS Photo Competition 2016

January 14, 2017

Evelyn Auld, FPS Photographic Competition Organiser, writes

“I would like to make it clear that if competition entries have not been acknowledged they have not been received. So I would like to ask anyone who thinks they have entered but have not had a reply to contact me as soon as possible.”

You can contact Evelyn via the competition email address: photocomp@fleetpond.org.uk

Best of luck to all who have entered the competition!


Urgent: Possible Problems with Photo Competition

January 7, 2017

Please note that if you emailed your entries to the FPS Photographic Competition yesterday or today and they were bounced back, please re-submit them.

We apologise for the technical hitch, which has now been sorted.

We look forward to receiving your entries at photocomp@fleetpond.org.uk

Many thanks and best of luck!


A Pictorial Review Of 2016

January 5, 2017

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Holly Reeves (TAG Farnborough) and Colin Gray (FPS) at the formal opening of the Hemelite Bay Jetty in June 2016

David Pottinger writes:

Here’s my selection of images and videos that appeared on this blog during 2016. They are mostly in chronological order, January to December.

They vividly illustrate the many ways in which Fleet Pond Society (FPS) benefits and interacts with the local community. As you can see, a lot more goes on than you might imagine! If you’d like more details of any of the activities, you can track down the original articles via the search box on the top rhs.

Last year was also an important one for FPS, it reached it’s 40th birthday and there were a number of events to celebrate this.

If you’d like to support FPS, please consider joining, we’re really keen to get new members and it’s just £10 a year (with the newsletter emailed) or £15 via post (see here for joining). Membership fees help us carry out a multitude of tasks that extend and complement those performed by Hart Countryside Services.

In addition to individual contributions, we also greatly appreciate the funds and services kindly provided by a number of local organisations and companies.

Finally, on the theme of pictures, please note that the deadline for the FPS Photographic Competition for 2016 is fast approaching – Sunday 8 January 2017. You can find the details here. Best of luck!

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The year started with the opening of a new bridge at the bottom of Guildford Road

A fascinating video was produced by John Sutton that reviewed conservation progress at the Pond

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Pat McKenzie with Cllr Steve Forster

(Hart District Council Chairman’s Award for Fleet Pond Society’s Volunteer of the Year 2015)

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2015 FPS Photographic Competition: the winning picture by Vicki Jull

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The bluebell patch at the Pond in full bloom

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Terry Austin testing water quality as part of the Water Blitz project

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The opening of the Hemelite Bay Jetty (above, below and top)

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The colourful FPS float at Fleet Carnival 2016

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Members of the FPS Carnival Team

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The impressive artwork at Fleet Station featuring Fleet Pond

Full of Life video from Hart District Council featuring FPS volunteers

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FPS volunteers helping Elvetham Heath Primary School in making it’s own pond

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A picture of the elusive Water Rail captured at the Pond

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Rushmoor Mayor Jacquie Vosper with Michael Thompson of FPS

(Volunteer Recognition Event)

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Included just for fun, spotted in a garden very near to Fleet Pond – Santa’s on his way!


Volunteer Event This Sunday, 8 January

January 3, 2017

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There will be a volunteer event at Fleet Pond this coming Sunday and all are welcome to attend (see below for registering). As a taster, pictures from previous events are given above and below.

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, writes:

“We start 2017 with a task to widen the corridor between Wood Lane Heath and Fugelmere Marsh with some thinning of Bog Myrtle bushes and removal of birch seedlings and saplings. This will be a rather wet task as recent rain has made the soil even soggier in this low lying zone between two moist habitats. I highly recommend wellington boots. We can loan a pair if you do not have your own but our range of sizes is a bit limited.”

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
 Email: countryside@hart.gov.uk

The Sunday volunteer tasks are supervised by a Hart Countryside Ranger, Nick Macfarlane, together with members of Fleet Pond Society.

A full listing of the Sunday volunteer events for the 2016/17 season can be found here. Why not give it a go?

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