The practice of restoring ponds, undertaken by the Norfolk Ponds project, is underpinned by scientific research undertaken by NPP partner, the UCL Pond Restoration Research Group. For the past 8 years the research team, headed by Dr. Carl Sayer have been studying the impacts of pond restoration on the communities that inhabit the pond.
From water chemistry, aquatic plants and invertebrates to buffer-zone terrestrial wildflowers and pollinators and the farmland birds that benefit higher up the foodchain, the UCL PRRG has a suite of research that demonstrates the tangible benefits of farmland pond restoration, even in intensively farmed landscapes.
By monitoring all of our restorations in great detail, we are able to ensure that we are not impacting on rare or vulnerable species in the landscape. Long-term monitoring has also meant that we have been able to witness what works and doesn’t work, which form our NPP guidelines for ‘Best Practice’ when undertaking a pond restoration.
Each year, we continue to build on our findings and improve our knowledge even further. This project will benefit from the current research knowledge and will implement it through practical engagement. In return, the ‘BIG 50’ gives us further opportunity to learn as a collective and continue this positive biodiversity conservation movement.
Helen Greaves and the UCL PRRG explain the importance of this knowledge exchange and engagement work in this short video.
The inspiration for all of our pond restoration research comes from the wonderful work Norfolk farmer, Richard Waddingham. If you have enjoyed our short introductory film, please do sit down with a cuppa, relax, and watch our full length pond project film, dedicated to Richard.