2017 eDNA great crested newt survey data

2015-2017 eDNA survey results 

PondNet is a national citizen science-based monitoring programme for pond habitats and the species they support. Between 2015 and 2017 the PondNet team in England, including more than 400 volunteers and regional staff collected data on the presence of Great Crested Newts from more than 230 1 km grid squares, and over 670 ponds.

Thanks to funding from Defra, Natural England and our Heritage Lottery Funded People Ponds and Water project and support from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and the Amphibian and Reptile Groups, we rolled out the first ever national eDNA survey WORLDWIDE!

  • 1,1400 results from 380 ponds over the three years of survey will contribute to the PondNet national monitoring network for Great Crested Newts.
  • 126 results from 113 ponds will help us to understand the distribution of Great Crested Newts on our Flagship Pond Sites – some of the best pond sites in England.
  • 120 ponds were also surveyed in 2016 by Thames Water for Wildlife volunteers on local sites across the Thames Valley.

We can now share with you some of the exciting information which the PondNet surveys have revealed about the status and change of Great Crested Newts in England.