Richard Waddingham Pond Award

Richard Waddingham’s approach to pond management and conservation provided the inspiration to the UCL research that backs the Norfolk Ponds Project work on the ground.

Richard and Dorcas collecting his WWT Marsh Award for Wetland Conservation in 2016

Richard Waddingham was an inspiration to many of the partners of the NPP, such as Wildlife Trust representative Helen Baczkowska who writes her own memories here. We now wish to commemorate Richard and his legacy at Manor Farm with the Richard Waddingham Pond Conservation Award.

In honour of Richard the NPP Richard Waddingham Pond Conservation Award 2022 is being run in conjunction with the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership (NBP) and Norfolk FWAG to recognise the achievements of individuals and community  groups whose voluntary actions make a difference for water, wildlife and people via ponds in Norfolk. The awards commemorate the great work of Richard Waddingham of Manor Farm, Briston who understood the importance of water in the landscape and recognised that when managed properly, ponds can support a rich variety of native wildlife even in areas of intensive agriculture. 

Applications for the award are now open and close at 12 noon on the 21st October 2022. Two categories: a farming award and a community award are available for application here.

Richard showing farmers around Manor Farm in 2015
Richard listening to underwater sounds in one of his ponds with sound artist Tom