Freshwater Habitats Trust’s £140k fundraising campaign
6th February 2017
Freshwater Habitats Trust’s £140k fundraising campaign to protect UK’s finest ponds: £140,000 is urgently needed to protect endangered plants and animals, and restore wildlife habitats in England and Wales, Freshwater Habitats Trust has said.
The conservation charity, which is working with a range of partners to look after 70 of the best pond sites in the country, is hoping to raise the shortfall with a fundraising campaign running this month (February).
Flagship Pond site Strensall Common is home to the tiny aquatic fern Pillwort and many other special pond plants and animals. Photo: Anne Heathcote/Freshwater Habitats TrustFreshwater Habitats Trust is already working with local communities and organisations to ensure these Flagship Ponds have someone to watch over them and look out for problems. But surveys of the ponds have revealed threats to the wildlife, with urgent work needed to keep these 70 unique pond sites special, and bring species back from the brink.
Project officer Pete Case shows volunteers how to use testing kits to monitor water pollution levels on Cothill Fen Flagship Pond site, one of the finest freshwater sites in southern England. Photo: Judy Webb
The appeal, which is the first time Freshwater Habitats Trust has reached out to the public for assistance with protecting these special places, will run for the next few weeks.