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 […]

18th October 2017

Flagship Focus: Sound Common 2017

Our Flagship Focus series continues with an exploration of Sound Common Flagship Pond site with project officer Anne Sound Common is a wonderful little Local Nature Reserve. It is nestled in the largely flat landscape of the Cheshire Plain, approximately three miles south-west of Nantwich. It supports a mosaic of habitats including woodland, scrub, acidic […]

8th September 2017

Searching for Tubular Water-dropwort in northern England

Anne is our People, Ponds and Water project officer in northern England. Here she describes her summer looking for Tubular Water-dropwort I’ve been very busy these last couple of months searching for Tubular Water-dropwort (Oenanthe fistulosa), a Priority Species for conservation, on sites across the North of England. With the help of the Local Environmental […]