What is PondNet?
PondNet is a volunteer survey network that aims to collect statistically robust data to identify trends in pond quality and pond species, including uncommon plants and animals.
Survey methodologies are standardised and compatible with national recording schemes. Environmental variables are also recorded to help explain the reasons for changes in biological quality.
PondNet is comprised of several overlapping networks to cover different species groups and different survey methods. We are looking for volunteers to help us undertake surveys for all of the networks in PondNet. Over the next 3 years, our regional officers will be working in a handful of counties each year to organise landowner permissions and provide PondNet training and support.
How can you get involved?
We are developing a bespoke data management tool for the People, Ponds and Water Project called WaterNet. Volunteers will be able to choose the sites and species they want to survey, enter records and analyse their own and others data. If you’d rather survey your own site, using the standardised survey methods and you have the landowner’s permission, you will also be able to add these additional sites to WaterNet.
During the development phase of this data portal, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to find out how you can be allocated a PondNet square to survey. Please email your name, county of residence and the surveys you are interested in volunteering for.
Please see the PondNet Survey Options page for more information on the types of surveys you could carry out.