Create clean water ponds: the biodiversity benefits

Dig (clean) ponds to save freshwater biodiversity: policy and practitioner briefing note

New research, published in April 2020, has provided striking evidence of the benefits of making new clean water ponds (CWPs) for reversing catchment-wide declines in freshwater biodiversity. The research was published in the journal Biological Conservation and has important practical implications for the management of freshwater biodiversity generally. The results support many other observations of the exceptional value and impact of ponds, despite their small size. This paper summarises the key practical points.

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