Taking part in Clean Water for Wildlife

Anyone and everyone can take part in the Clean Water for Wildlife survey – professionals or beginners. It’s easy. With two quick tests you can record the amount of nutrient pollution in your local ponds, streams, rivers, ditches and canals – and maybe discover new clean water sites.

front coverCW recording form

We want to encourage as many people as possible to take part. You may be a landowner, part of a community group, wildlife organisation, business, school or college – or a keen individual! Both groups and members of the public are welcome to participate. Together, we can find and protect the best sites, and build up a picture of the state of water quality and its impact on wildlife across England and Wales.

When you join Clean Water for Wildlife, we will send you as many nitrate and phosphate kits as you need to take part. Each kit comes with a Clean Water leaflet and recording form, so that you know what to do and what to record.

WARNING: The recording forms have been printed to an exact specification so that the colours used on the comparison charts are correct for the kits we are using. Please do not print any copies to carry out surveys. However, if you would like to take a look, or need some copies to discuss the possibility of getting involved with your group, you can download a copy of the project leaflet and recording form from the gallery below.

To see how easy it is to complete the Clean Water survey:

  • watch our YouTube video;
  • take a look at our Schools Pack, created specifically with school groups in mind;
  • take a look at our Teachers Notes, created in conjunction with the Schools Pack;
  • take a look at our Health and Safety Info Pack for health and safety information;
  • take a look at our Biosecurity Information for guidance;
  • learn How to find a Grid Reference;
  • print out a Car Windscreen Sign when surveying on private land (with permission);
  • see what your results could mean at your sample site, and;
  • take a look at our Activity Pack to see how you can help freshwater after taking part in the survey.

We have been working with a small number of groups in 2015, and the survey will roll out more widely in 2016 and 2017.

Request your Clean Water kits using the form below:

Request your Clean Water kits
The address you would like the kits posted to
Each Clean Water kits is made up of one nitrate and one phosphate testing tube. Each kit can only be used once, so you'll need a new one for each place you want to test.
Don't worry if you don't know where you want to test yet. We are happy to help with ideas.

If you have any questions about Clean Water for Wildlife, please contact the Project Administrator at peoplepondswater@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk