Small Freshwater Bodies include ponds, ditches, springs and flushes. All of these provide huge ecological benefits, supporting a wide range of aquatic species and offsetting some of the negative impacts of many environmental issues facing us such as climate change, flooding and noise pollution.
Ponds support an extraordinary two-thirds of all freshwater species and are central to the survival of many including frogs, toads, newts, a huge range of aquatic invertebrates and plants. Freshwater Bodies also provide mammals and birds with drinking water and some species such as grass snakes with important foraging areas.
One third of ponds are thought to have disappeared in the last fifty years or so and of those that remain more than 80% are considered to be in ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ condition (Freshwater Habitats Trust research). This has had an enormous impact on aquatic wildlife.
Creating a clean, new pond is one of the simplest and most effective ways to protect freshwater wildlife. Where it is not a viable option to create new ponds, restoring existing, depleting ponds is greatly beneficial.
You can find tonnes of information on pond creation in our Just Add Water leaflet here.