Published: 30th Aug 2019

A new campaign has been launched to inspire farmers and the public to restore ‘unloved’ farm ponds. University College London (UCL), who is behind the Big50 initiative, hope to achieve at least 50 pond restorations this autumn. The project hopes to bring farmers and local volunteers together to foster an awareness and appreciation of the value of ponds to biodiversity conservation. UCL researchers say restorations offer huge benefits for water plants, invertebrates, amphibians and fishes. Their research also shows restored ponds to be hotspots for pollinators such as bees and hoverflies and help to feed farmland birds that dine on emerging insects. Farmland ponds often have their origins as marl or clay pits and in some cases livestock watering ponds and they can be many centuries old. However, over the last 50 years farm ponds have been in-filled to create more agricultural land, while remaining ponds have been greatly neglected … (To read the full article, subscribe below)