11th October 2018

Cothill Fen: Keeping it clean! 2018

How volunteers are protecting Cothill Fen from the growing tide of water pollution Cothill Fen, just south of Oxford, is a special place. It is internationally important, a rare alkaline fen, home to many sensitive freshwater plants and animals. But surrounded by land used intensively by humans, it’s under threat. Habitats like Cothill Fen develop […]

14th August 2018

Clean Water Quest: where is the clean water in the Thame catchment?

We need to know where water is polluted, but we also need to know where the clean water is, so we can protect it and extend it. Here’s news from Hannah Worker of River Thame Conservation Trust on the results of the waterblitz earlier this summer This summer residents, groups and communities were enlisted across […]

1st May 2018

Flagship Focus: Langham Pond 2018

Langham Pond, at Runnymede, is a wonderfully rich Flagship Pond with a long history and some very rare inhabitants Runnymede, managed by the National Trust, has three main ponds that all lie along the line of an ancient braided channel of the River Thames. That channel was abandoned sometime in the last 500 years and […]

26th April 2018

Flagship Focus: Little Wittenham 2018

The People, Ponds and Water project may be over, but our passion for Flagship Ponds continues. Here’s an introduction to Little Wittenham Flagship Pond site, a special place in Oxfordshire for Great Crested Newts Little Wittenham Wood is part of a protected area managed by Oxfordshire charity Earth Trust. The ponds and woodland are a […]

30th March 2018

Rewilding water

By Jeremy Biggs. A recent Twitter thread here prompted some discussion about what kind of landscapes make for good quality freshwaters. I promised a few more thoughts that needed a bit more than 280 characters… A recent Twitter thread here prompted some discussion about what kind of landscapes make for good quality freshwaters. So my […]

17th March 2018

People, Ponds and Water Champions!

As our People, Ponds and Water project draws to a close, there a few people we’d like to mention… There’s a reason why ‘people’ is the first word in the People, Ponds and Water project name – our ethos all along has been that the best way to protect freshwater habitats is to increase people’s enjoyment, […]

28th February 2018

Burnham Beeches Ponds – what’s changed in 25 years?

Since our first visit to the ponds at Burham Beeches, there have been worrying changes to one of the UK’s finest ponds Burnham Beeches is a wonderful woodland nature reserve in Buckinghamshire. It is recognized and celebrated for its Beech and Oak wood pasture.  It also supports some great ponds and their freshwater wildlife. We […]