A PAIR of grey herons have nested for the first time at Fleet Pond and successfully raised one chick.

Fleet Pond Society is hoping that this will lead to the development of a heronry in the future, but they say that the birds are very susceptible to disturbance.

Due to the pond silting up, it is now so shallow that foxes can wade across to Fir Tree Island, where the pair nested, and that would deter any future heron breeding.

Meanwhile, herons can now stand far out in the pond in only inches of water as they wait for a hapless fish to swim by. In previous years their fishing was all done on the edge of the shoreline.