Fleet Pond is a Local Nature Reserve with a mixture of habitats. It can be reached by crossing the narrow Bramshot Bridge over the railway line from the A3013 Cove Road. The nearest junction on the M3 is 4A. Visitors should look for the brown signs with a white duck. After crossing the bridge, turn right and follow the long and uneven track to the car park.

Fleet Pond is notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for both the quality and diversity of the wildlife it supports.

The pond is fringed along both the eastern and southern sides by reeds. There are two large reed beds along the western side too. These attract Reed Warblers in spring and summer. Water Rails are present all year but infrequently seen. Alder and Willow dominate the wet woodland and both Siskin and Lesser Redpoll can be seen in winter. New islands have been built using much of the dredged silt from the pond. These provide nesting sites for some wildfowl, Common Terns and Black-headed Gulls.

Great spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tits, Nuthatch and Reed Bunting are resident species. Summer migrants include Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.

A few waders and terns are seen each year during the migration periods. Waterbirds present during the colder months may include Tufted Ducks, Shovelers, Mallard, Coots, Teal, Cormorants and Great crested Grebes.

Location

Postcode: GU51 2RR

Latitude / Longitude: 51.2910175, -0.8184747

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