New Forest Water Wildlife Month

Explore the best and most unpolluted freshwater habitats in the UK with us

New Forest Sowley Stream

The New Forest is an iconic landscape; the heather, the great oaks and the ponies – but did you know that it’s a stand out place for freshwater plants and animals too?

Join us to explore some of the best freshwater habitats in the country. Help us find clean unpolluted water by testing local streams, ponds and ditches with us. Use your survey skills to find out how rare plants and animals are faring. Learn about Flagship Ponds – the very best ponds in the country.

New Forest Water Blitz – Citizen Science Survey

Can you help to find amazing clean water habitats, free from pollution, where wildlife can thrive. Use quick kits to rapidly measure the levels of nutrient pollution in your local ponds, streams, ditches and rivers. Through the power of citizen science we can build a map of water quality across the New Forest. This is part of the national Clean Water for Wildlife Survey. For more information please follow this link.

To request kits please fill in the request form at the bottom of the page.

Events

We are running events every weekend throughout July 2017. Click on the links for more details. Email info@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk or call 01865 595505 to book your place.

Sunday 9th July

PondNet Rare Wildlife Survey

PondNet volunteers can help us find rare plants and animals in various ponds around the New Forest. We’ll meet at 10am and spread out to visit as many ponds as possible. Then we’ll get together at the end of the day (4pm) to share our finds and celebrate the New Forest’s ponds.

Email info@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk or call 01865 595505 to book your place.

Sunday 16th July

Avon Water WaterBlitz

Burley

Meet at 10am for a 2 hour walk and help us test as many different ponds, streams and ditches along Avon Water, using our quick and simple Clean Water test kits. Are all the waters clean, or is there some pollution?

Email info@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk or call 01865 595505 to book your place.

Brockenhurst WaterBlitz

Brockenhurst

Meet at 2pm for a 2 hour circular walk taking in some very special local ponds. Help us learn more about the ponds and streams in the area using quick and simple test kits to measure water pollution. Bring lunch for a picnic along the way, or make use of the many short cuts back to Brockenhurst for a shorter walk.

Email info@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk or call 01865 595505 to book your place.

Saturday 29th July

PondNet Rare Plant Survey

Use your plant survey skills to help us find rare plants such as Pillwort, Coral Necklace and  Pennyroyal. We’ll meet at 10am, then spread out to visit as many ponds as possible, collecting Clean Water test results as we go. Then we’ll get together at the end of the day to share our finds and celebrate the New Forest’s ponds.

Email info@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk or call 01865 595505 to book your place.

Sunday 30th July

Burley WaterBlitz

Meet at 10am for a 2 hour walk and help us fill the gaps in our Clean Water maps – use our quick and simple test kits to measure water pollution in the ponds, streams and ditches around Burley.

Email info@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk or call 01865 595505 to book your place.

Hyde Commons WaterBlitz

Frogham

Meet at 2pm for a 2 hour walk and help us test as many different ponds, streams and ditches on the west of the forest, using our quick and simple Clean Water test kits. Are all the waters clean, or is there some pollution?

Email info@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk or call 01865 595505 to book your place.

Wednesday 9th August

New Forest Reptile Centre Fun Day

Lyndhurst

Come say hello to our team at the fun day. See some of the New Forest’s most elusive freshwater residents. Find out how you can help map the clean water of the forest, and take kits home on the day. We’ll be there from 10am-4pm showing off some great new information boards.

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Where is the clean water in the New Forest?

You can help us find areas with clean water using our Clean Water for Wildlife test kits. They are quick and simple to use, and the results you get will help highlight areas we should all be protecting from pollution and damage. There are particular areas we really need more results from. Do want to take part? You can collect kits and target area info from us at any of the New Forest Water Wildlife Month events, or use this form to request kits.

Request Your Clean Water Kits

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.
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