13th December 2019

Jeremy’s Christmas Message 2019

In 2019 we’ve worked with partners all over the country to protect freshwater wildlife. All of our work aims to protect the best freshwater habitats – many of which are still declining in quality – and return clean water to the countryside, tackling head-on the freshwater biodiversity crisis. We’re especially concerned about small waters – […]

12th December 2019

EPCN Conference, London 18-22 May 2020

The 9th European Pond Conservation Network (EPCN) conference will be held over 18-22rd May 2020 at University College London (UCL), London, UK. Responding to the considerable need to conserve European ponds, the conference will combine pond biology, hydrology and landscape ecology with pond conservation practice and welcomes both scientists and conservation practitioners to the meeting. […]

1st November 2019

Nature inspires a flood alleviation solution

A Natural Flood Management scheme on the River Leck, designed to work with nature by emulating naturally occurring woody debris, could help protect a north Buckinghamshire community at risk of flooding from a swollen river. Twenty five ‘leaky dams’ are being built in the headwaters of the River Leck, a tributary of the River Great […]

7th October 2019

‘Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers’ Landscape Partnership

Communities, schools and the landscape of the Brecks will benefit from another series of exciting landscape and heritage conservation projects thanks to a £2m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Freshwater Habitats Trust, Suffolk County Council and The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership are delighted to announce that the proposal for a […]

17th September 2019

PondNet eDNA Great Crested Newt 2019 survey results are in!

We are glad to announce that we now have the results in for the fifth year of the Defra/Natural England funded PondNet eDNA Great Crested Newt Monitoring Project! In May and June 2019, using kits provided by FeraScience, 131 randomly selected 1 km grid squares spread across England were sampled. In total 380 ponds in […]

16th September 2019

Starfruit… Extinct plant brought back to life!

Starfruit Damasonium alisma, one of the UK’s rarest plants, has been brought back from extinction at a pond on Headley Heath, Surrey; one of Freshwater Habitats Trust’s Flagship Pond sites. Named because of its distinctive six-pointed star-shaped fruits, the plant, a specialist of seasonal pond habitats, had not been found at any of its native […]

2nd September 2019

Great Crested Newt mitigation expands across the South Midlands

The great crested newt District Licensing Scheme is expanding to include nine new Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) across the South Midlands. The overall aim of the scheme is to create and manage high quality habitat for great crested newts and contribute to long-term conservation of the species. The South Midlands Newt Conservation Partnership (SMNCP), who are […]