On the 12th January 2021, NPP committee members Helen Greaves and Carl Sayer from UCL, joined forces with the Suffolk Ponds Group to provide a webinar to look at the lowland farm pond and its value for wildlife. The webinar can be watched here. Hosted by the Suffolk Ponds Group, with support from Natural England … More Farmland Ponds – wildlife havens in the landscape
A rare UK wetland plant has been found in Norfolk after more than a century in hiding, report UCL researchers. In July a survey team from UCL’s Department of Geography discovered the flowering plant, known as Grass-Poly, at a farmland pond restored by the Norfolk Ponds Project back in February 2020. Pond restoration in Norfolk’s farmland … More Rare wetland plant resurrected after over a century
Richard Waddingham, the farmer and landowner who inspired the UCL Pond Restoration Research that provides the scientific basis for our Norfolk Ponds Project, has been honoured in the Daily Telegraph obituaries today. More information about Richard can be found on http://www.greenthefarm.org and his work is being continued by Richard’s nephew John Waddingham.
The soundscape work focussed on in our previous post and our wider UCL research as part of the Norfolk Ponds Project was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Open Country.
We understand that pond restoration has a dramatic effect on the species richness and biodiversity of farmland ponds and that our research has shown this to be true for aquatic plants, amphibians, fish and insects. However, perhaps it may be possible to measure these changes in diversity by simply listening to the sounds of a … More Pond soundscapes
During UCL Pond Restoration Week in September, we were thrilled to be joined by the Associated Press who followed us through a day’s work, and are using the footage to promote the importance of wetlands at a global scale. The Associated Press write that most 90% of the world’s wetlands disappeared over the past three … More Promoting global wetlands
Whilst the UCL Pond Restoration Research Group and NPP volunteers are working on Pond 10 of the #BIG50 project today, we will be being supported by one intrepid adventurer who is raising money for our project and raising awareness of the huge number of ponds in the Norfolk countryside. Below, Dr Polly Ashford, explains why … More Dr Polly is peddling to support the BIG 50!
The BIG 50 UCL pond week commenced today with scrub clearnence at a mammoth pond in Hindolveston, Norfolk. After a heavy downpour to start the day, a huge team of enthusiastic UCL staff and students, old and new, joined long-time local supporters of the Norfolk Ponds Project to clear the vegetation around Grasshopper Pond: a … More UCL Pond Week Kicks Off with Grasshopper Pond!
In 2016, the UCL Pond Restoration week was held at Heydon, North Norfolk. We had the opportunity to work on some fantastic ponds in gorgeous weather! We produced a short video of our time-lapse footage of one of the restorations and we include it here so that you can see what it is like to … More The pond restoration process in pictures
“Our strength is in our partnership” – NPP win CIEEM 2019 NGO Impact Award … More “Our strength is in our Partnership”
On the left, the pond before digging; on the right, the pond two years later. Prior to restoration in 2014, Beckett’s Farm pond was so heavily overgrown it was hard to even get inside to survey. Once inside, only a few dark inches of water remained. The willow was removed to reduce the amount of … More Restoration success