PondNet is a new volunteer survey that aims to collect information about trends in pond quality and pond species, including uncommon plants and animals.


The aim of PondNet is to provide statistically robust data to identify trends in pond quality and pond species. PondNet is unique in using a habitat-based approach; recording a range of plants and animals. This will help to establish whether groups show similar trends.

Environmental data is also recorded: giving information that will help to explain the reasons for changes in biological quality, and ultimately help to guide the direction of freshwater policy.

PondNet is starting with a two-year trial (2012-2013) in three English regions:

  • Cheshire
  • North East Yorkshire
  • South Hampshire, including the New Forest

If you live in, or near, to one of these regions and would like to find out how to join in with the 2013 survey, please email your local survey manager:

Cheshire: Becca Williamson

North East Yorkshire: Penny Williams

South Hampshire: Naomi Ewald

Find out more: A Guide to PondNet

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