People, Ponds & Water

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…a national project that helps people to make a significant difference to protecting our freshwater wildlife.


Ponds, streams and other small waterbodies are exceptionally important for freshwater biodiversity, but many species are under threat, and the habitats themselves are poorly monitored and protected.

People, Ponds and Water aims to change this and enable people to help protect freshwaters for the long term.

The project has three initiatives:

Flagship Ponds: Protecting the best sites Flagship sites include the UK’s very best ponds and together they support most of our threatened freshwater plant and animal species. Many of these sites are at risk from degradation, although the causes are enormously varied. The project helps local people become involved in directly protecting 70 of the best Flagship sites around the country.

PondNet: monitoring species so we can conserve them Freshwater plant and animal species are often at risk because we simply know to too little about them. PondNet is a volunteer monitoring project to survey both uncommon and common wetland species in ponds across England and Wales.  The project has been has been developed with support from many partners including Natural England, British Dragonfly Society, Botanical Society of the British Isles,  Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Clean Water for Wildlife: monitoring water pollution – the main threat to Britain’s freshwater wildlife. The Clean Water for Wildlife Survey provides quick-use kits, so that people can compare for themselves, the levels of pollution in all kinds of freshwater: ponds, streams, rivers, lakes, ditches and canals focusing on two of the most widespread and damaging nutrient pollutants: nitrate and phosphate.

WaterNet – WaterNet is the data portal for the People, Ponds and Water project. Our aim is to provide a hub where information and data can be shared by everyone.

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