Help and resources

What help and resources are available?


Pond Creation Toolkit

The Pond Creation Toolkit includes a range of factsheets available to download freely. Click on the bold text below to go to the right section or see an overview of the Pond Creation Toolkit here.

The Pond Creation Toolkit includes:

  • Core factsheets 1 to 8 with background information on the project and the best practice principles of clean water pond creation, such as location, design, project planning and implementation.
  • Habitat factsheets which present detailed information on designing ponds in different landuses, e.g. woodland, grassland etc.
  • Advice factsheets which deal with issues such as birdstrike, planning permission, and ponds in public access areas.
  • Species dossiers with technical information on creating ponds specifically for over 40 pond-associated BAP species, based on their ecological requirements.
  • Aggregates factsheets specifically targeted at pond creation on mineral sites.
  • Case studies.


Our policy as an organisation is to make all the information we produce open access, without restriction; so all parts of the Million Ponds Project Toolkit are completely free for everyone to download and use.

As a charity, we rely on donations to create resources accessible to all, so please support our work by making a donation.


We can provide bespoke pond creation and management training courses to partners and non-partner organisations. The cost of the course depends on its location, length and content. if you would like further information, please contact:

On-site advice

On-site advice is available from our technical staff for larger pond creation schemes (e.g. where a complex of 5 or more new ponds is planned). A fee would be charged to support our staff costs. If you would like assistance on your pond creation scheme please contact: or 01865 595505.

BAP Species Map

Use our online map resources to find BAP species in your location or have a look at all the Ponds on the Map across our projects.

Ponds for BAP amphibians and reptiles

Pond creation for amphibians and grass snakes is an important part of the Million Ponds Project and this is being coordinated by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

You can also find out more about how the Million Ponds Project is working together with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and the voluntary Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG UK) to help conserve our native amphibians and reptiles by visiting their websites.