14th February 2018

Celebrating freshwater wildlife for 30 years

It’s a special year for us… Back in the mid-eighties Jeremy Biggs joined an environmental consultancy in Oxford, run by Anne Powell and Roger Sweeting. Together they dreamed of doing something for nature conservation, and began to cast their net over the freshwater world to look for likely candidates. Ponds were an obvious starting place […]

23rd January 2018

Stonewort conservation at Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Grove Farm

Suffolk has a new Important Stonewort Area: Grove Farm in the Black Bourne Valley. Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Farm Advisor, Juliet Hawkins explains how the Flagship Pond project has been helping to secure a future for the rare Tassel stonewort Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Grove Farm Nature Reserve initially covered 62ha of mixed arable, woodland and marshland […]

21st December 2017

Clean water havens on mineral sites

When most water in the landscape is polluted, it’s great to find places like gravel pit lakes and ponds can offer a clean-water refuge for wildlife This year we teamed up with the Mineral Products Association to carry out a Quarry WaterBlitz – a survey of nutrient pollution on mineral sites. What we found is […]

12th December 2017

Citizen science reveals clean water hotspots

Are the ponds, streams and ditches in your neighbourhood good enough for wildlife? Over the last two years volunteers have been using quick test kits to discover amazing unpolluted freshwaters, where wildlife can thrive, across the Thames Water region. The results are in, with some interesting revelations. Clean water supports rich and diverse wetland plant […]

Saving ponds, saving species: looking back on Flagship Ponds 2015-2017

Flagship Ponds are the very best of Britain’s ponds – sites of national and even international importance because of the threatened species or communities they support. They are the freshwater gems which stand head and shoulders above the rest, a truly magical and unique resource which provide a glimpse of lost landscapes – a freshwater […]

31st October 2017

Thames Water for Wildlife

Thames Water for Wildlife is coming to a close and it has been a fantastic couple of years. The project has helped thousands of people connect with and interact with their local freshwater environment. The heart of Thames Water for Wildlife has been community involvement—increasing people’s knowledge, enjoyment and appreciation of their local freshwater habitats. […]

23rd October 2017

Pillwort is back at Skipwith!

Skipwith Common is a Flagship Pond site near York. It has a fascinating history, both socially and naturally. Pillwort is a great part of that. Pillwort is perhaps the most notable wetland plant known from Skipwith Common. There’s even a pond named after it! But in recent years, there’s been no sign of the little […]