Picture3What’s great about… PondNet!

PondNet is an exciting new national volunteer survey to collect information about trends in pond quality and pond species, including rare plants and animals.PondNet

PondNet is the first habitat-based volunteer survey network of its kind. It aims to provide much-needed information about the condition of ponds and the species they support. 

The results will be used by Freshwater Habitats Trust and other environmental organisations to influence government freshwater policy; and to help us direct conservation work where it is most needed, to achieve the greatest gains for freshwater wildlife.

Uniquely, PondNet’s data will be open access, so you can see summary data, but also find-out and analyse the results for yourself.

When you volunteer with PondNet you can choose which site(s) you would like to adopt from a randomly selected network; and choose which wildlife group you’d like to survey, depending on time availability and experience. The project arranges all landowner permissions for sites in the random network.

Alternatively, you can select your own site to survey if you can sort-out the landowner permissions. These extra sites form the Extended Network and add value to the random PondNet network, enabling us to answer important new questions.

To get involved, visit the PondNet Survey Options page. Have a look at our interactive data portal WaterNet to adopt sites, enter records, or view and analyse data. Use PondNet’s standardised recording forms and training guides to help with your surveys.

You can record species on iSpot or look for species on Flickr. To upload pictures for identification to iSpot, click here