Citizen science project surveying garden and school ponds to see how good they are for wildlife.

Big pond dip

Project topic: Land


We know that one of the best things you can do for wildlife in the garden is to put in a pond. But amazingly nobody really knows what you need to do to make a great wildlife garden pond.

For the 5th year running Freshwater Habitats Trust are asking for your help in finding these answers. So, when you are making your pond, you need to know:

  • What’s the best size and depth?
  • How important is really clean water?
  • What should the edges be like?
  • Is there enough shallow water?
  • How much plant cover do I need?

Once you’ve created your pond there are lots of other questions too.

  • How should I look after my pond?
  • What should I do to safeguard wildlife during the winter?
  • How do I manage algae, blanket weed and invasive plants?

There are lots of myths about making ponds in garden – and the big pond dip wants to try to get to the real truth.

By taking part in the big pond dip, you are helping Freshwater Habitats Trust to find out what is living in garden and school ponds, to start answering some of these questions. The information you gather will begin to tell Freshwater Habitats Trust how good garden ponds are for wildlife. It will also help them to tell what types of pond support the most animal life. Freshwater Habitats Trust will use this information to give advice about how to make garden ponds even better for wildlife.

Enter your results online at the Freshwater Habitats Trust website.


This page was last updated on 03 Oct 2016

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