Fleet Pond Nature Reserve is the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire containing 55 hectares of varied habitats. The pond itself occupies approximately half of this area, with the surrounding land featuring heathland, woodland, reedbed and marsh. This site is home for many species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers, many of which are nationally and regionally rare. Fleet Pond is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and has a rich heritage dating back to the 12th Century.
As well as peaceful paths through woodland, heathland and along the waterfront the site also offers a picnic area, fishing jetties and viewing platforms for the local community to enjoy. Visiting the site is free with no entrance or car parking charges.
Birdwatchers can catch glimpses of birds such as Kingfishers, Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Cetti’s Warbler and Goosander to name but a few. Children can enjoy natural play including doodling in the sand, building dens or climbing on log carvings. There are also year round walks and events to take part in, run by the ranger team.
The area is managed by the Hart District Council Countryside Ranger Service in partnership with the Fleet Pond Society which provides generous support to the Countryside Rangers as well as offering exciting volunteer opportunities for the local community.