30th September 2014

Juncker’s new Commissioners put environmental policies on back seat

There is a re-shuffle of EU Commissioners, and it doesn’t bode well for wildlife. EU Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has done away with key positions and merged responsibilites, downgrading environmental issues in favour of businesses and economic growth.  The nominee for environment commissioner  is Karmenu Vella – a businessman from Malta, whose government faces criticism for its failure to […]

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

17th January 2014

A pond in every field….?

FHT PRESS RELEASE: Friday 17 January 2014 The Environment Agency has suggested there should be “A pond in every field…….” ( It was great to hear the Environment Agency suggesting that there ought to be a pond in every field. We always get a warm glow when people say they want more of one of our […]

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 […]