Introducing 70 Flagship Pond sites

Flagship Ponds are the very best of Britain’s Priority Ponds: sites of national importance because of the threatened species or communities they support. Between 2015 and 2017, the Freshwater Habitats Trust is running a 3 year project to help support the long-term sustainability of 70 Flagship Pond sites across England and Wales. This figure represents only a selection of the Flagship sites across England and Wales. Together these sites support over 50 priority species, and 5 of the 19 aquatic habitats included in the European Habitats Directive.

Find out more about each of the Flagship Pond sites we have selected by following the links below; we’ve grouped together the Flagship Pond sites by region so you can find the sites the People, Ponds and Water project are working with in your area. You’ll find more information about each site as the project progresses. For the list of full accreditations for some of these beautiful photographs, please see the list at the bottom of the page.

NORTHERN ENGLAND Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Yorkshire

CENTRAL ENGLAND Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Suffolk

SOUTHERN ENGLAND Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucester, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, West Sussex

WALES – Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Gower, Isle of Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Snowdonia

Photo accreditations by number:

5 = ©Martin Hammond, 15, 17, 42 = ©NE images: Peter Wakely, 16 = ©NE images: Paul Glendell, 18 = ©Colin Smith*, 21 = ©Tony Court, 23 = ©Stephen Lambert, 28 = ©Helen Smith, 29 = ©Nick Ford(website), 30 = ©Tim. SCommon, 31 = ©Katy Walters*, 32 = ©Bob Jones*, 36 = ©Copyright Derek Harper*, 37 = ©Chris Parfitt~, 38 = ©John Buckley, 39 = ©Clive Chatters, 40 = ©Ben Baswdon~, 45 ©Ian Ralphs, 47 = ©JR Crellin(website),  49 = ©Mark Camp*, 50 = ©John Palmera*, 55 = ©Dainis Ozols, 57 = ©John Bradshaw, 59 = ©Andrew Shaw, 62 = ©NRW & M. Hammett, 66 = ©Will Watson

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