Million Ponds Project

Help us make clean water, unpolluted, ponds for endangered freshwater plants and animals!


What is the Million Ponds Project?

The Million Ponds Project aims to create an extensive network of new ponds across the UK, to reverse a century of pond loss and ensure that once again the UK has over one million countryside ponds.

A critical element of the project is that these new ponds will have clean water. This is important because most countryside ponds are now badly damaged by pollution, and evidence shows that pond wildlife is declining across the UK. Making clean new ponds is one of the simplest and most effective ways to protect freshwater wildlife.

The Million Ponds Project is a collaboration of partners, including major landowners and land managers, led and coordinated by Freshwater Habitats Trust.

The first phase of the Million Ponds Project

Phase 1 of the Million Ponds Project ran from 2008 to 2012. During that time the project:

  • funded new ponds and pond complexes for threatened freshwater plants and animals
  • provided technical and on the ground support for pond creation
  • engaged with and trained a wide range of stakeholders
  • raised the profile of ponds with policy makers and the media

With the financial support from Biffa Award, the project team worked with landowners and managers to create over 1000 ponds for around half of the 105 rare and declining pond species that are a national priority for conservation action under the UK Government’s Biodiversity Action Plan.

You can see the achievements of Phase I of the Million Ponds Project by downloading the Year 4 Million Ponds Project report or if you would like a printed copy posted to you please contact the Freshwater Habitats Trust office.

Phase II of the Million Ponds Project

In September 2012 Freshwater Habitats Trust and Biffa Award hosted an evening at the House of lords to celebrate the success of Phase I of the project and to launch Phase II – continuing this partnership initiative to create clean water ponds in the landscape.

Read more about Phase II here.

Help and advice
We have provided help and advice for pond creation here.

Join in
Everybody can join in and contribute to the Million Ponds Project: register the ponds you’ve created here.

Make a donation
You can help create ponds for rare and threatened pond plants and animals by donating to Freshwater Habitats Trust here.

If you have any enquiries about the Million Ponds Project or any other aspect of the conservation of ponds, email