Win a signed hardback copy of 'Ponds, Pools and Puddles'!

The latest in the celebrated Collins New Naturalist series, Ponds, Pools and Puddles is written by Freshwater Habitats Trust CEO Jeremy Biggs and Technical Director Penny Williams.

Ponds, Pools and Puddles takes the reader on a journey from the formation of the earliest ponds, billions of years ago when the first rains fell, to the present day challenge of creating and managing ponds to tackle the biodiversity crisis.

It brings together, for the first time, the latest scientific research that demonstrates the value of ponds to life on Earth. This growing body of evidence shows that, despite their small size, at landscape-scale, ponds support greater freshwater biodiversity – and more rare and protected species – than other freshwater habitats, including rivers and lakes.

We’ve teamed up with the publisher, Harper Collins, to give away three hardback copies of the book, signed by the authors. To have a chance of winning, submit your answers to the questions below.

Good luck!

Closing date: 31st May 2024 at 23:59

Ponds, Pools and Puddles competition entry form

Give the common names for the UK freshwater species in the pictures below this form

4. In the UK, the standard definition of a pond is a standing waterbody with an area which is less than:(Required)
5. American freshwater biologist John Downing explained that most people had a cognitive bias against ponds because of a tendency we all have to assume small things are unimportant. What name do psychologists given this bias?(Required)
6. We still have seasonal ponds in the UK, that were originally created when peri-glacial ice melted at the end of the last Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago. One of these pond types is called:(Required)

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Terms and conditions

This competition is promoted by Freshwater Habitats Trust.
  1. This promotion is open to all UK residents except employees of Freshwater Habitats Trust or HarperCollins (or their parent, subsidiaries or any affiliated companies) and their immediate families, who are not allowed to enter the competition.
  2. You must be at least 18 years old to enter this competition.
  3. The closing date for entries is 31st May 2024 at 23:59. No entries received after this date will be accepted.
  4. Only one entry is allowed per household and if you enter using multiple order confirmation numbers only one will be selected for inclusion in the competition.
  5. There are three prizes available and there will be one winner of each prize.
  6. The three winners of the competition (the “Winner”) shall each win one hardback copy of the New Naturalist book Ponds, Pools and Puddles, signed by the authors (Jeremy Biggs and Penny Williams).
  7. The Prize is non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to availability. No guarantee is given as to the quality of the Prize.
  8. No cash or other alternatives to the Prize are available.
  9. The Winner of the competition will be selected at random by an electronic system from all entries that correctly answer all six questions.
  10. Freshwater Habitats Trust is not responsible for contacting or forwarding the Prize to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information. If the Winner cannot be contacted within a reasonable timeframe, Freshwater Habitats Trust reserves the right to select another Winner.
  11. All entrants are expected to act fairly and in the good spirit of the competition. Freshwater Habitats Trust reserves the right to investigate any irregularities and disqualify entrants at its absolute discretion.
  12. The Prize will be delivered to the winner by 30th June 2024. However, Freshwater Habitats Trust is not liable for any delay in the delivery of the Prize.
  13. Freshwater Habitats Trust will aim to adhere to the deadline for delivery stipulated above, however if Freshwater Habitats Trust is unable to meet that deadline due to any circumstances arising as a direct or indirect result of any opotential unforeseen factors outside of their control, Freshwater Habitats Trust will ensure relevant timely communication with the Winner and, in the unlikely event that delivery becomes impossible, Freshwater Habitats Trust will offer a reasonable substitute of the Prize which is of equal or greater value.
  14. Any application containing incorrect, false or unreadable information will be rejected. Any applications made on behalf of or for another person or multiple entries will not be included in the competition.
  15. Freshwater Habitats Trust’s decision as to who has won the competition shall be final.
  16. The entry instructions are part of the Terms and Conditions for this competition. By entering the competition you are agreeing to accept these Terms and Conditions. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by you will mean that your entry will not be valid, and you will not be allowed to enter this competition.
  17. Any personal information you give Freshwater Habitats Trust will be used solely for this competition and will not be passed on to any other parties without your express consent. Read our Privacy Policy for more details.
  18. Under no circumstances will Freshwater Habitats Trust be responsible for any loss, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the promotion of the competition or Prize.
  19. Freshwater Habitats Trust will not be responsible unless required by law, for any loss, changes, costs or expenses, which may arise in connection with this competition and Freshwater Habitats Trust can cancel or alter the competition at any stage.
  20. Any dispute relating to the competition shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.