15th April 2014

Water companies must prove they mean business

A new report published today, Tuesday 15 April, by the Blueprint for Water coalition on the environmental plans of water companies reveals a yawning gap between the best and worst performers in England and Wales. The Blueprint for Water coalition, which includes WWF-UK, RSPB, the Marine Conservation Society and ourselves, says water companies need to show […]

31st March 2014

Pioneering DNA technique to help endangered aquatic species

A groundbreaking new technique, which detect minute DNA traces in water, offers new hope for the protection of rare and endangered aquatic species – including Britain’s population of Great Crested Newt – by making it much easier to find them in the depths of ponds and streams. In one of the world’s first applications of […]

19th February 2014

Floods – the FHT position

It’s been one of the wettest winters in southern England for 100 years. So what does this mean for our freshwater ecosystems, and what should we be doing about flood management? We’ve joined with other environmental NGOs and CIWEM, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, to put forward our views, which you can […]

17th February 2014

Widespread dredging could make flooding worse in future

Blueprint for water Widespread dredging could make flooding in some communities worse in future – not better – according to a new report published by CIWEM and endorsed by the Blueprint for Water coalition of environmental NGOs. Floods and dredging report – press release  Floods and dredging  – a reality check

20th November 2013

FHT launch photo competition

We are launching our first-ever photo competition: Celebrating freshwater habitats through the seasons. Successful entrants will have their photo showcased in our 2015 calendar. We are looking for images that capture the beauty and diversity of our freshwaters and the wildlife which inhabit them, throughout the calendar year.  We don’t want to influence you too […]

13th November 2013

Small water bodies, big opportunities

Small water bodies are largely ignored by European & UK legislation.  However, we want to change this. A workshop took  place, Thursday 14 November 2013,  to facilitate more in-depth cooperation for developing and coordinating future research and practical initiatives on the protection and management of small water bodies in Europe. The workshop was held in […]

23rd October 2013

New site for Pondweed Leafhopper

The Pondweed Leafhopper is a very rare and very distinctive little bug.  Their dark blue bodies are covered in a coating of bright blue powder. Until recently the Pondweed Leafhopper had only been recorded at four ponds in the South East of England.  However, we are pleased to report that they have now been discovered […]