DIG PONDS TO TREBLE NUMBER OF RARE SPECIES, EXPERTS URGE

Emma Gatten, Environment Editor of The Daily Telegraph, has today reported on the findings of researchers who have been monitoring a network of 20 clean-water ponds over a six square mile area of farmland in Leicestershire.  Nine years ago the ponds were established on sites where they would not be affected by road or agricultural pollution.   A 26% increase in the number of wetland plant species and a 181% increase in regionally rare plants was recorded.

In the past, research by the Freshwater Habitats Trust had shown that “ponds were a secret treasure in the countryside, with a value out of proportion to their tiny size”.  The scale of benefits accrued from these new ponds, however, which have been published in the journal Biological Conservation, has taken scientists by surprise and has shown that ponds are much cheaper than many other measures to boost biodiversity, costing just £1,500 – £2,000 to create.

Elizabeth Bennett
5 June 2020

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