Ponds are important for biodiversity and are threatened. Although a lot of time and effort goes into surveying them, this effort is not co-ordinated or standardised and the datasets are not collated.
This means little is known about the ecological quality of ponds nationally or how they are changing through time, so it is difficult to ensure they receive the protection they deserve. The National Pond Monitoring Network aims to change this by:
- bringing together as partners all organisations and individuals with an interest in recording or using data on ponds and pond species,
- developing the National Ponds Database to collate datasets from various sources and to make the data publicly available through the project website, and
- stimulating survey activity and supporting people planning surveys by providing standard survey methods, training and advice
As the National Pond Monitoring Network develops it will enable us to report on the state of the UK’s ponds, and identify ponds of particular importance for biodiversity, to ensure these valuable habitats receive the recognition and protection they deserve.
The National Pond Monitoring Network has been established by the Environment Agency and Freshwater Habitats Trust, with the support of UK government agencies and NGOs.
See below all the partner organisations and individuals with an interest in recording or using data on ponds and pond species: