Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Million ponds project

Thursday, 30 April 2009


Conservation organisations advise that frog spawn and toad spawn or adults from elsewhere should not be introduced because of the risk of bringing in diseases or seeds of alien plant species.

Conservation organisations advise that frog spawn and toad spawn or adults from elsewhere should not be introduced because of the risk of bringing in diseases or seeds of alien plant species.  This policy will be followed by Pond Conservation, a national charity with its headquarters at Oxford Brookes University, as it promotes its project for the creation of new ponds, the Million Ponds Project.

Its communications manager, Ruth Welters, said: “Ultimately, the aim is to reverse a century of pond loss, ensuring that Britain once again has over one million countryside ponds. A critical element of the project is that these new ponds will have clean water.

“This is because most countryside ponds are now badly damaged by pollution, and evidence shows that pond wildlife is declining across the UK.” 

See 'The Oxford Times' for full article.