9th March 2017

Great Crested Newts: a new beginning for protecting a special animal

Dr Jeremy Biggs comments on the big changes to how Great Crested Newts are being protected from development Great Crested Newts are spectacular and beautiful amphibians. They are also given a very high level of protection in Britain’s laws which make it an offence to injure individual animals or damage their habitats. Like most freshwater […]

Flagship Ponds – the best of the best but still under threat

Dr Jeremy Biggs, Director of Freshwater Habitats Trust, raises concerns over the future of Flagship Ponds, the best of the best of Britain’s ponds Flagship Ponds are the best of Britain’s ponds, places of exceptional importance for freshwater wildlife, and some of our finest freshwater habitats. The Flagship sites can be a single special pond, […]

7th March 2017

Pinkhill Meadow – what are the ponds like after 26 years?

We created the ponds on Pinkhill Meadow, with partners Thames Water and the Environment Agency 26 years ago, and now it’s the best monitored pond complex in the UK In 1990, we started work on the creation of a new pond complex to try out many of the new ideas and concepts we’d been developing […]

28th February 2017

Flagship Focus: Strensall Common

Carrying on with our Flagship Focus series, here’s Anne Heathcote, Project Officer for Northern England, to introduce Strensall Common Flagship Pond site Close to the City of York, in North Yorkshire, Strensall Common was identified as a Flagship Pond site due to its exceptional importance for freshwater biodiversity. Although the 579 hectare Site of Special […]

PondNet Spawn Survey 2017

Our PondNet Spawn Survey has had a really enthusiastic response.  We are really enjoying all the photos and comments people are sharing on Facebook, on Twitter, and on the survey webpage The Spawn Survey is part of PondNet, a national volunteer survey to collect information about trends in pond quality and pond species. It’s the […]

6th February 2017

Resurrecting rare mosses at Aberffraw Flagship Pond site

People, Ponds & Water officer Hannah Shaw describes work to resurrect the dune slack specialist mosses Broad-nerved Hump Moss and  Matted Bryum at a Flagship Pond site in Wales. In October 2016, vital ‘emergency’ works were undertaken by Anglesey AONB volunteers as part of the Flagship Pond project, with partners Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Keep Wales Tidy. Tywyn […]

2nd February 2017

Looking after World’s End

People, Ponds & Water project officer Anne explains what’s going on at World’s End World’s End, to the West of Strensall Common in York, is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), with a mosaic of fen meadow, acidic grassland, heathland and pond habitats. Over the last few years, however, the area has become […]