News

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 […]

22nd October 2020

PondNet great crested newt eDNA: 2020 Results are in!

We are glad to announce that we now have the results in for the sixth year of the Defra/Natural England funded PondNet eDNA Great Crested Newt Monitoring Project! With COVID-19 playing havoc with everyone’s lives this year we had a herculean task completing all our surveys in 2020. In just one month, using kits provided […]

15th June 2020

Policy guidance on benefits of clean water ponds

In April 2020 we published the results of new research on the unprecedented benefits for freshwater biodiversity of creating clean water ponds. The work is part of the Water Friendly Farming project which is a decade long collaborative project undertaken jointly with the Allerton Project of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Environment Agency […]

3rd June 2020

Dig ponds to increase biodiversity!

Digging clean water ponds in the countryside can deliver “unprecedented” gains for freshwater biodiversity, with new study showing they significantly boost wetland plant diversity and numbers of rare species. New research shows that creating clean-water ponds in the farmed countryside can dramatically increase levels of freshwater biodiversity, protecting our fragile ecosystems, and almost trebling the […]

11th May 2020

Boris Johnson ‘should prioritise a green recovery’

Along with dozens of environmental and business organisations, Freshwater Habitats Trust is calling on the Prime Minister to prioritise a green recovery as ‘the new normal’. We are urging the government to put nature and climate at the heart of decisions for the recovery effort, for healthy communities and a resilient economy, in an open […]