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28th November 2019

Flourishing Freshwater Friends Group at Stow Bedon Common

In 2019 a grant from Anglian Water’s Flourishing Environment Fund was awarded to help us engage with the wider public and highlight the importance of Stow Bedon Common, as an important site for Freshwater Biodiversity, and one of our Flagship Pond sites. Building on the success of the work carried out during the Heritage Lottery […]

23rd November 2019

Upcoming Event: eDNA Talk by Dr Jeremy Biggs

Join us on Wednesday 27th November at 7pm for a talk by Dr. Jeremy Biggs: ‘Environmental DNA: Revolutionising recording of freshwater biodiversity?’  Freshwater Habitats Trust is running a number of projects using environmental DNA surveys, including the world’s first national monitoring programme using eDNA for an endangered species (the Great Crested Newt), and local sampling […]

9th November 2019

Hinksey Heights: Fen Restoration and Newt Conservation

At Hinksey Heights, on the edge of Oxford: we’re restoring alkaline fen, one of the richest and most threatened habitats for freshwater biodiversity and making new clean water ponds for great crested newts. The Oxfordshire Fens Project began work on Hinksey Heights fen in August 2018. We’ve focused on the management of rank vegetation, and […]

11th October 2019

Introducing ‘The Water Detectives’

In March 2019, Southern Water, in partnership with Freshwater Habitats Trust, piloted a unique STEM-based school project at four primary schools in Brighton and Worthing. We had a great time with ‘The Water Detectives’, a willing bunch of over 120 Key Stage 2 pupils, helping them learn about what makes a good pond, testing water […]

4th October 2019

No let-up in the net loss of nature, and that includes ponds too!

The UK’s wildlife continues to decline according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s, there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied, and that the declines continue unabated. It’s not just the habitats and species highlighted in the […]

3rd September 2019

Flagship Ponds Update: Rawcliffe Meadows 2019

Our Northern Project Officer, Anne has been out and about this summer visiting Flagship Pond sites in Yorkshire to catch up with volunteers and seeing how the ponds, and their inhabitants, are getting on. Rawcliffe Meadows, one of our smallest Flagship Pond sites on the outskirts of York, is home to the beautiful, but very […]

9th August 2019

Flagship Dragonfly Walks: Strensall, Skipwith and Foxglove Covert 2019

Freshwater Habitats Trust teamed up with the Yorkshire Dragonfly Group again this summer to run Dragonfly Walks on two of Yorkshire’s finest Flagship Pond sites, Strensall and Skipwith NNR. A walk, led by Yorkshire Dragonfly Group, also took place at Foxglove Covert, another Freshwater Habitats Trust Flagship Pond site.  All provided a great opportunity to […]