News

29th April 2020

Freshwater Habitats Trust’s response to Coronavirus

In accordance with the latest Government Health Guidelines the single most important action we can all take is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Where possible our staff have been asked to work from home, and all of us will be following social distancing guidelines. You will still […]

26th February 2020

#SpawnSurvey 2020… get involved now!

It’s that time of year again….spring is almost upon us and our beloved frogs and toads are beginning to stir! Help us collect data on the whereabouts of these special creatures by taking part in our PondNet Spawn Survey 2020! From February until May we will be running our survey to collect important data on […]

13th December 2019

Jeremy’s Christmas Message 2019

In 2019 we’ve worked with partners all over the country to protect freshwater wildlife. All of our work aims to protect the best freshwater habitats – many of which are still declining in quality – and return clean water to the countryside, tackling head-on the freshwater biodiversity crisis. We’re especially concerned about small waters – […]

1st November 2019

Nature inspires a flood alleviation solution

A Natural Flood Management scheme on the River Leck, designed to work with nature by emulating naturally occurring woody debris, could help protect a north Buckinghamshire community at risk of flooding from a swollen river. Twenty five ‘leaky dams’ are being built in the headwaters of the River Leck, a tributary of the River Great […]

7th October 2019

‘Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers’ Landscape Partnership

Communities, schools and the landscape of the Brecks will benefit from another series of exciting landscape and heritage conservation projects thanks to a £2m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Freshwater Habitats Trust, Suffolk County Council and The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership are delighted to announce that the proposal for a […]

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 […]