30th June 2021

Government plans to remove legal protection for large number of UK species

The Freshwater Habitats Trust, along with 29 other high-profile NGOs, have written an open letter to oppose a review of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which could undermine decades of work to restore and protect threatened species. Every 5 years the government reviews species listed in Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and […]

14th May 2021

PONDERFUL Launch Event!

Join us for the launch of the PONDERFUL project: Pond ecosystems for resilient future landscapes in a changing climate. With the support of the Ramsar Secretariat. Special Guest Speaker: Professor Lenore Fahrig, Carleton University. Freshwater Habitats Trust is part of a consortium that is running a new Horizon 2020 project ‘PONDERFUL’, led by the University […]

31st March 2021

Endangered water plant makes surprise appearance

One of Britain’s rarest water plants, Tassel Stonewort (Tolypella intricata), has delighted conservationists following its recent appearance in ponds near Stroud, Gloucestershire. The plant is extremely sensitive to water pollution and is classified as Endangered. Tassel Stonewort is unusual because it grows in winter, before producing spores in spring and dying back in summer. Tassel […]

26th March 2021

EPCN Conference, 25-26 May 2021

The 9th European Pond Conservation Network (EPCN) conference will be held, virtually, over 25-25th May 2021, with the Organising Committee based in the UK at UCL, University of Stirling, Newcastle University, University of Huddersfield and the Freshwater Habitats Trust. Responding to the considerable need to conserve European ponds, the conference will combine pond biology, hydrology, function and […]

8th February 2021

Great crested newts quickly colonising new ponds

Results of the first two years of monitoring of ponds newly created or restored by the Newt Conservation Partnership are now available. The monitoring report is available to read here. Since the NatureSpace District Licensing scheme began in 2018, 112 clean water ponds have been created or restored (91 created and 21 restored) for great […]

2nd February 2021

Ponderful! First meeting of new European project

Today see’s the first meeting of the Ponderful project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. Led by the University of Vic in Spain, Ponderful’s overall aim is to develop better methods for maximising the use of ponds and pondscapes in climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity conservation and the delivery of ecosystem services. […]

2nd December 2020

Letter to Natural Capital Committee on small waters

Freshwater Habitats Trust with a group of the UK’s top freshwater scientists has today written to the Natural Capital Committee to call for urgent action on small waters. Read the letter here. The last 20 years has seen a revolution in scientific opinion about which freshwater habitats are the most important for biodiversity. Today 20 […]