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 […]

26th July 2019

Stow Bedon Conservation Weekend 7-8 September 2019

Following in from the work carried out over the last four years at Stow Bedon Common, one of our Flagship Pond sites in Norfolk, we have received further funding from Anglian Water to continue the good work. We are keen to help establish a volunteer group on the site and have organised a ‘Conservation Weekend’ […]

7th November 2018

Saving Oxford’s Wetland Wildlife

Local Oxford charity Freshwater Habitats Trust is making the most of opportunities with the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme to save Oxford’s wetland wildlife Freshwater Habitats Trust has launched a new three year project called Saving Oxfords Wetland Wildlife to help local people become directly involved in conserving the rare and varied freshwater wildlife found in […]

25th October 2018

Pond Life Calendar

A new calendar featuring fabulous pond life is now available, and a donation is made to Freshwater Habitats Trust with every sale Pond Man, who shares his close up shots of pond wildlife on Twitter and Facebook, has put together a calendar featuring his awesome photos. Pond Man is collecting orders now, and if there are […]

11th October 2018

PhD on pond eDNA available

A PhD opportunity using eDNA to better understand pond wildlife is available Work with us, Cardiff University and CEH Wallingford on some of the best pond sites in the country to help us better understand connectivity between ponds using state of the art eDNA techniques. “Using environmental DNA to understand the role of connectivity in […]