Fleet Pond is the largest fresh water lake in Hampshire and the nature reserve has 54.6 hectares (135 acres) of varied habitats for the enjoyment of the local community. The pond itself occupies about half this area. The picturesque 21.4 hectare (53 acres) water was recorded in Saxon times as 'Fugelmere' and supplied fish to the monks of St. Swithins (now Cathedral) at Winchester.
The surrounding land features many rare habitats including heathland, woodland, reedbed and marsh. Because of the variety of habitats, visitors may see any of the 180 kinds of birds, 26 types of butterfly, 21 species of draginfly and 400 wild flowers many of which are nationally or internationally important.
This designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is home to many species of intersting wildlife - several of which are nationally and regionally scarce. The area is managed 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.
Fishing and boating (boats and canoes only) is allowed during the period between 16th June to 14th March. To fish/ boat at Fleet Pond a permit from Hart District Council is required. These are available from 'Tackle Up' on Fleet Road. A rod licence is also needed which can be aquired from the Post Office or the Environment Agency website.
- Parking is avaliable off Cove Road, Wellington Avenue and Chestnut Grove, Fleet.
- The pond is adjacent to Fleet station, there is also a cycle way from Farnborough.
- There is an excellent variety of walks for all abilities.
- Picnic areas are available.
- It is a designated Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
- Please keep dogs under close control, and keep to way marked paths.
- There is disabled access on surfaced paths.