Pond Creation Toolkit

The Pond Creation Toolkit includes a range of factsheets available to freely download.

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

Some of the Pond Creation Toolkit resources are also available in Welsh.

Overview of all available Toolkit documents.

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.

Core factsheets:

Download All Pond Creation Core Toolkit factsheets here as one continuous document (file size 7.85MB)

Habitat factsheets:

Advice factsheets:

Species dossiers:

Creating ponds for-




BAP species lists

You can see the full list of BAP species for England here and for Wales here.

You can also find the BAP species near you using this BAP species map resource.

Aggregates Toolkit

Aggregates factsheets:

Case studies:

St David SAC: a case study to demonstrate how pond creation can be targeted to create new habitat for rarer and threatened species. Welsh version now available.

Broneinon: a case study to demonstrate the creation of floodplain ponds. Welsh version now available.

Llandeilo Common: a case study that highlights the importance of understanding the local geology and hydrology. Welsh version now available.

Eye Landfill: best practice pond design principles applied to compensate schemes for protected species.

Kings Dyke: ongoing habitat creation and management at a restored mineral extraction site.

Nosterfield: retro-fitting ponds and scrapes for wading birds can have benefits for a variety of wetland wildlife.

Darcy Lever Gravel Pits: how a partnership led by volunteers benefits freshwater wildlife