Ponds in the Landscape
Funded by Natural England’s Countdown 2010 funding, Ponds in the Landscape ran in Cambridgeshire from 2008 to 2011.
The overarching goal of this project was to halt the decline and degradation of ecological quality and increase the volume and integrity of standing water habitats in selected areas of Cambridgeshire by 2011. The project worked in 16 sites owned and managed by conservation organisations, public and private landowners, including farmers, commercial companies and developers.
Froglife and The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough (TWT) are the lead partners for the Ponds, Lakes and Reservoirs HAP for Cambridgeshire. This project delivered selected targets identified in the HAP. These are:
(1) habitat creation and/or restoration for target species according to the climate change adaptation and adaptive management principles. Target species associated with standing water habitats in Cambridgeshire include Great Crested Newt, stoneworts communities (including the Bearded Stonewort) and aquatic beetles;
(2) development of the best practise management and conservation strategy for stoneworts in Cambridgeshire;
(3) development of the innovative use of ponds and associated wetland habitats for water purification, retention, recycling and flood prevention on operating farm sites as a model for optimising biodiversity value of these services;
(4) efficient dissemination of information and promotion of the project.
Following the successful improvements of the target sites through the project, we created a publication to share what our learning and best practice advice through Ponds in the Landscape: