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31st August 2017

Taking a new approach to protecting Great Crested Newts

Freshwater Habitats Trust is working with partners Environment Bank, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, NatureMetrics and ABSustain to develop a new approach to Great Crested Newt conservation. Natural England announced a couple of years ago that they would be changing the way they recommend protecting Great Created Newts. The new approach focusses on ensuring thriving populations […]

29th August 2017

Mericia Whitfield

We’re sad to report the death earlier this summer of Mericia Whitfield who was a key member of the original Pond Action team that led to the foundation of the Freshwater Habitats Trust Mericia Whitfield was an outstanding freshwater naturalist with an exceptional talent for invertebrate biology. Without Mericia’s critical contribution in the organisation’s first 15 […]

10th August 2017

Monitoring Marsh Clubmoss

We’re training up a team of Marsh Clubmoss Species Monitors with Species Recovery Trust to protect this ancient plant Never heard of Marsh Clubmoss? That’s not surprising. It’s only known from about 70 individual sites in the UK. It’s also easy to overlook as ‘just another moss’. But, this small plant isn’t a moss at all. Lycopodiella […]

29th June 2017

Flagship Focus: Ysgeifiog Moor

People, Ponds and Water Officer Hannah Shaw shares the work going on to conserve rare wet mud plants at Ysgeifiog Moor Flagship Pond site in Pembrokeshire I first visited this site in May last year when the gorse and willow scrub was head high and impenetrable – needless to say I didn’t see much of […]

26th June 2017

Explore the freshwater wildlife of the New Forest

Explore the best and most unpolluted freshwater habitats in the UK with us throughout July The New Forest is an iconic landscape; the heather, the great oaks and the ponies – but did you know that it’s a stand out place for freshwater plants and animals too? The ponds, rivers, streams and ditches of the […]

15th June 2017

Sharing our passion for ponds

We know ponds. We love ponds. And we want to share them with you! For nearly 30 years, we’ve been studying ponds. When we started, ponds were judged by their size, and dismissed as unimportant for wildlife. The theory was that the larger waters – the rivers and lakes – must be more important simply because […]

27th April 2017

PondNet Great Crested Newt eDNA survey back for another year

We’re very pleased to be carrying out a third year of our Great Crested Newt eDNA survey Great Crested Newts are one of the UK’s rarest amphibians, although they are still widespread enough that lucky people may still encounter one when they are out and about. Traditionally to undertake a survey for this illusive protected […]