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.

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FPS Photo Competition 2017 – Deadline 7th January

December 27, 2017

Reminder!

The theme for the 2017 Fleet Pond Society (FPS) Photographic Competition is:

‘Beauty and the not so…’

This year’s theme is a “warts and all” celebration of all aspects of Fleet Pond Nature Reserve from the beautiful to the still eye-catching but not so cute. This interesting theme leaves a lot to your imagination and interpretation!

The rules of the competition are:

  • Entry is open to all amateur photographers and there is no entry fee.
  • All photographs must have been taken at Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.
  • The taking of photographs using drones or aerial cameras is prohibited.
  • All entries must be received by 7th January 2018 (up to 4 photographs per person).

The “Photographer of the Year” will receive the annually awarded Rose Bowl, which was donated by Fleet Photographic.

Please note that all photographs may be used by FPS for any purpose it chooses.

Please send your entries by email to photocomp@fleetpond.org.uk

All photographs that are received will be acknowledged and the winners will be announced at the FPS AGM in February 2018. In the unlikely case that there is no acknowledgment, please resend.

To see the results of previous competitions, please take a look at the FPS web site (under the Photography tab at the top).


Season’s Greetings To All Our Readers

December 17, 2017

Many thanks for the interest you’ve shown in Fleet Pond Blog this year. We’ve been fortunate in having had over 177,000 visits since it started in July 2008!

We’ve lots of ideas for posts for 2018 that we hope you’ll find interesting, so please stay tuned. Also, if you have any requests for topics, we’d be very happy to hear from you…

Until then, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Volunteer Event This Sunday, 10 December

December 6, 2017

Fleet Pond Ranger, Nick Mafarlane, plus Sunday volunteers (October event)

There will be a volunteer event at Fleet Pond this coming Sunday and all are welcome to attend (see below for registering). To give a flavour, pictures from a previous event can be found here.

On Sunday 10 December we will be doing further work to widen the link between Fugelmere Marsh, Bog Myrtle Glade and Wood Lane Heath.   This will allow easier access and flyways for flying insects and bats boosting diversity of food sources. Soil here can be very wet and muddy so wellingtons are recommended or strong waterproof boots.

This is our last task before Christmas so we would welcome festive food contributions to put us all in good (non-alcoholic) spirits! A warm drink as usual will be provided mid-morning.

We meet as usual at the Countryside Workshop, Old Pump House Close, Fleet, GU51 3DN at 9.00 a.m. Please park in Kenilworth Road as parking is very restricted at the workshop.

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 together with members of Fleet Pond Society.


Fleet Pond – Top Autumn Walk in Hampshire

November 13, 2017

From Visit Hampshire:

Fleet Pond is the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire. The nature reserve has 141 acres of varied habitats including heathland, woodland, reedbed and marsh, and is home for many species of birds. This walk takes a full circuit of Fleet Pond and offers excellent views. The path crosses Brookly Stream, one of the two feeder streams into the lake and passed by the oldest section of Fleet Pond’s woodlands which has good specimens of oak and Scots pine. The perfect walk for capturing those autumnal colours on your camera.

Route distance: 2.5 miles

Start point: Fleet Pond Car Park

You can find detailed information on a variety of walks around Fleet Pond here.

If you’re taking your camera, why not consider entering the Fleet Pond Society photographic competition? The theme this year is

‘Beauty and the not so…’

See here for competition details.


Volunteer Event This Sunday, 5 November

October 31, 2017

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

The task for Sunday will be the clearing of scrub and having a seasonal bonfire on The Dry Heath by the nature reserve car park. We expect to have potatoes to bake as a reward for all the good work!

Warm waterproof boots are recommended but wellingtons should not be necessary.

We meet as usual at the Countryside Workshop, Old Pump House Close, Fleet, GU51 3DN at 9.15 a.m. Please park in Kenilworth Road as parking is very restricted at the workshop.

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 together with members of Fleet Pond Society.

Here are some photos of volunteers from the previous event on Sunday 8 October:


The Week In Wildlife: Female Wasp Spider

October 27, 2017

The above picture was spotted in the Guardian, under ‘The Week in Wildlife – In Pictures’ (see here). The photo is of a female wasp spider guarding her egg sac and was taken at Fleet Pond nature reserve.