Blog

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 […]

26th July 2019

Yorkshire Pillwort Update 2019

In June and July, Anne, our Northern Project Officer, teamed up with FHT friend and collaborator Dr Barry Wright and members of the Yorkshire Fern group to check out the Pillwort on two of our Flagship Pond sites, Strensall and Skipwith NNR. Last year we embarked on the Pillwort & Pond Mud Snail Project in […]

19th July 2019

PondNet eDNA Monitoring for GCN 2019 Update

With thanks to funding from Defra and Natural England, volunteers and FHT staff have been kept very busy throughout May and June collecting eDNA samples for the fifth year of our PondNet monitoring programme for Great Crested Newts. Using kits provided by FeraScience, 131 randomly selected 1 km grid squares spread across England where sampled. […]

25th April 2019

The Vegetative Key to Wetland Plants

This year Freshwater Habitats Trust is trialing a new ‘Vegetative Key to Wetland Plants’ and we’re looking for volunteers to use it, test it, and provide feedback The key is a product of the HLF funded, People Ponds and Water, PondNet project, and we’ve been developing it for a couple of years, with the help […]