Advice Centre

Looking for information on the management or creation of wildlife ponds? You’ve come to the right place!

If you are worried about your wildlife pond, take heart – in all likelihood, what you are seeing is normal. Pond full of vegetation? Great! It’s full of wildlife. Water level dropping in summer?  All will be well – it’s what ponds do. Lots of frogs but no newts? Lucky frogs!

The biggest threat to pond wildlife is actually poor water quality. Nutrient and other pollutant levels strongly influence which plants and animals your pond can support, and what issues you are likely to encounter. Before doing anything, take a look at your water quality and address any sources of pollution.

Some pond issues may be easy to address.  Some simply require a change of perspective.  Others are intractable and the only sensible solution is to dig more ponds (our answer to everything!).

For information on creating wildlife ponds in your garden or in the wider countryside, take a look at our Create a Pond page.

For information on some of the most common pond issues, we have written a series of factsheets, below. Download, read, print and share these factsheets as you wish – though please respect our copyright. You can also buy The Pond Book which brings all the information together in one place.

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Important! Before you do any pond management work, consider this: your pond may already be a wildlife haven. Please assess your pond and base your management decisions on the evidence you gather.

 

Pond Management guide_summary sheet

How do I help the wildlife in my pond over the winter

What to do if your pond is drying out

Water levels and leaks

Problem aquatic plants

Algae and Duckweed

Assessing whether a pond is polluted

Silted up ponds and dredging

Planting Up Ponds

Ponds of Historical Interest

Controlling Fish

Creating wildlife ponds in areas of public access

Planning permission advice

Choosing a pond liner

Creating Garden Ponds for Wildlife booklet – for a small donation to cover P&P costs we can post you a hardcopy of this booklet

Pond Creation Toolkit

If you have read our factsheets and still have a question, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the team on info@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk. Please note though that we are a very small and busy team, with limited resources, so a response may take a while at times.

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