Freshwater ponds are a vital element of the ecology of the landscape and while there is an estimated 23,000 existing in Norfolk, many more have been lost. The Norfolk Ponds Project is made up of a collaboration between rivers trusts and farming organisations all working to reverse the decline of ponds in Norfolk.
The Norfolk Ponds Project aims to reverse the decline of Norfolk’s ponds and create new opportunities for their restoration so that agricultural landscapes contain a mosaic of clean water ponds with fewer ponds overgrown by trees and bushes. It will seek to achieve this by:
- Establishing a fund that can be used to support practical pond restoration and the re-excavation of Ghost Ponds lost to agricultural land reclamation.
- Promoting the creation of new ponds, especially in river valley floodplains, where much stillwater habitat has been lost in the last century due to drainage schemes.
- Integrating ponds into other aquatic conservation projects in Norfolk, especially in rivers, fens and coastal areas.
- Promoting the conservation of key pond species, such as great crested newt, crucian carp, water vole and plants such as stoneworts and pondweeds.
- Educating the public and farmers on the value of ponds in farmland through site visits and open days.
- Establishing community pond restoration projects that re-connect landowners and people with Norfolk’s ponds.
For advice on the restoration and management of farmland ponds contact Norfolk FWAG by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 881945, smaller land owners can call Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Wildline on 01603 598333. Find out more about the UCL Pond Restoration Research Group online.