Fully funded wildlife ponds available for farmers and landowners

Fully funded wildlife ponds available for farmers and landowners

Do you have low-lying damp ground that could be improved for wildlife by creating ponds?

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are partnering with Natural England to create and restore ponds in selected parts of North and West Yorkshire for the conservation of Great Crested Newts. The ponds are being created to compensate for the environmental impacts of development, will help to strengthen or expand existing Great Crested Newt populations and create new habitat for other wetland wildlife.  It is expected that newts and other wildlife will colonise the ponds naturally.

The ponds will be fully funded and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will carry out all the project management and works required (including obtaining planning permission) – all you need to do is periodic maintenance and allow occasional site visits.

All potential pond sites must lie amongst rough habitat and be within our target areas, so a desk-study and site visit will be provided by us to confirm suitability.  More information can be found below – please read this if you’re interested in enquiring.

Pond with vegetation lying next to a field, trees in background

(c) Jon Traill

How to express an interest

Please email our team at info@ywt.org.uk with the following information:

  • Your name, contact details and the address of your site.
     
  • A 10 figure grid reference (or What3Words) locating each of the proposed or existing ponds you are interested in getting funded (this is required to check initial eligibility).
     
  • Title your email ‘GCN pond funding’.
     
  • Please note funding is currently available in the following areas: City of York

Suitable enquiries will be followed up by a relatively simple form and a site visit to discuss further and answer any questions.

Please note that there is a finite amount of funding available and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to the most appropriate projects. We are currently working to the following timescales:

30 September 2021
Deadline for landowners to sign up to the scheme

31 March 2022
Deadline for construction of ponds accepted onto the scheme this round

A photograph of a great crested newt, swimming in water. You can see the white stripe of it's tail and it's orange underside.

More details

Preference will be given to sites where between two and six ponds can be created / restored. We are asking for landowners to consider some of the following if they think their site is suitable and would like to get involved in the scheme:

  • The minimum and optimum size of each pond is 150m2 with a central depth of 1m.
  • It must be within 500m of another existing pond.
  • Located as close as possible to existing, verifiable, GCN records – YWT will check this on your behalf.
  • Ground conditions need to be such that the pond will hold water a minimum of one summer in every three (please note that ponds requiring liners are not normally funded).
  • The location should be within 50m of suitable terrestrial habitat (taller grasses, scrub, woodland or hedgerows).
  • The south side of the pond is not excessively shaded by trees or other vegetation.
  • If in a grazed landscape or where disturbance could occur any ponds would need to be fenced (this can be included in the funding) by a minimum 3m buffer zone.
  • The pond must be in an area not likely to be polluted by runoff.
  • Chosen locality should not be liable to flood or be at risk of suffering ingress by fish or excessive use by wildfowl.
  • Any area chosen must not be contaminated by invasive non-native species (e.g. Himalayan Balsam).
  • Any site must sit within one of our Strategic Opportunity Areas (SOAs) – Note that we will check this on your behalf on receipt of the location data requested below.
  • Restorations ONLY – all ponds put forward must be in late successional stages (choked with vegetation), devoid of water or covered in a thick layer of anaerobic sediment.