A Note On Feeding The Ducks

January 31, 2018

An advice poster on feeding wildfowl (click to enlarge)

Taking a bag of bread down to a Pond, river or canal and feeding the swans, geese, ducks and seagulls is something that has been done for generations.

What could be better for all of us than enjoying time out in the fresh air and feeding the ducks. Better for us, yes, but as far as bread goes, not better for the swans, geese, ducks and seagulls etc.

It is proven that feeding bread to these hungry birds is not a good thing. Although it fills them up, bread has very little nutritional value for them and is doing more harm than good.

The Countryside Rangers have issued a new poster (see above) encouraging visitors to feed the wildfowl with pelleted duck food, available from most good pet stores.

It’s just as much fun and you have the happy feeling of knowing that you are feeding them well. Please look out for the posters on the noticeboards and jetties around the Pond.

See also: Keeping Our Ducks Healthy

An information board on some of the wildlife at Fleet Pond

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Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

January 26, 2018

Further details here.


Supporting Fleet Pond Society through Hart Lottery

January 22, 2018

If you would like to support Fleet Pond Society by taking part in the lottery scheme recently launched by Hart District Council please goΒ here. Details of the scheme have been summarised in a previous post and here is an interesting update on the lottery as a whole.

 


Fleet Film and Fleet Pond

January 4, 2018

David Pottinger writes:

I’m a member of Fleet Film and regularly attend their (very impressive) showings. The last time I was there, prior to the main and short film, they showed a captivating slide show of different places in Fleet. Quite a few featured Fleet Pond (see above and below), so why not keep a look out the next time you’re at Fleet Film and, if you’ve not been to the Pond for a while, perhaps also pay a visit?

You can find out about the screenings at Fleet Film as well as view clips of the films by going to their web site here. There is also a lively feedback section on views on the various films. Fleet Film is a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema (see here).

The first film in 2018 is on Monday 8 January and is the Norwegian film The Wave. Annual membership of Fleet Film is Β£45 and covers 18 films.

If you would like to support Fleet Pond Society, details and benefits of annual membership can be found here.

Credits: photos courtesy of Brian Biffin.


New Year Resolutions and Sunday Volunteering

January 3, 2018


Photo of Victorian Boathouse at Fleet Pond

January 1, 2018

By kind courtesy of local resident Iris Marshall, a photo of the old Victorian boathouse that once used to be at Fleet Pond.

For location, see Boathouse Corner on the map below, just along from Fleet Station at the top; click to enlarge).

For more information on the fascinating and sometimes surprising history of Fleet Pond, take a look at our web site here and example pictures below.