Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre will be working with the Freshwater Habitats Trust to roll out the nationwide PondNet project in Essex in early 2017. Find out how you can get involved here!

PondNet is an exciting new national volunteer survey to collect information about trends in pond quality and pond species, including rare plants and animals. It is the first habitat-based volunteer survey network of its kind, aiming to provide much-needed information about the condition of ponds and the species they support. The results will be used by Freshwater Habitats Trust and other environmental organisations to influence government freshwater policy; and to help us direct conservation work where it is most needed, to achieve the greatest gains for freshwater wildlife. PondNet is made possible thanks to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project began in 2015 and will be rolled out in Essex in 2017. For more details about the project please see the leaflet below or visit http://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/projects/pondnet/. Details of surveys and training in Essex will be available shortly - keep an eye on this site for details!

Freshwater surveying in Essex. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust