Do you know where there is a pond in the Forest near you? Over 150 ponds have so far been identified in the Hundred of St Briavels and the aim of this project is to develop and improve this pond network.  It will be investigated by newly recruited volunteers and then be improved by restoration of existing ponds and creation of new ones where necessary. A legacy of on-going survey and pond maintenance will be set up to make sure that the pond network will continue to support wildlife in the Forest of Dean area.

How to Get Involved:


If you are interested in ponds and the wildlife they support you may be able to:

  • Take part in workshops to learn how to survey ponds – learn all about newts, dragonflies, pond plants and alien invasive species!
  • Take photographs of ponds and send them in to the project
  • Help discover and catalogue new ponds
  • Help with data entry and recording the results of the surveys

If you would like to get involved in this project, please contact

Forest Voluntary Action Forum tel:  01594 822073  email: forestersforest@fvaf.org.uk

Before November 2016 this project will:

  • Trial methods of surveying pond wildlife in 10 to 20 ponds
  • Encourage pond owners to carry out their own surveys and return the information. Provide help and guidance and information packs
  • Catalogue forest estate ponds, farmland ponds  and garden ponds within the Hundred of St. Briavels and add any additional ones.
  • Survey  the physical attributes of as many ponds as possible, including alien pond plants.
  • Identify ponds which may warrant further expert study and those which are in need of maintenance work
  • Identify areas where additional ponds or replacement ponds may be needed.

Between 2017 - 2022 the project will:

  • Roll out the detailed volunteer pond surveys to many more ponds
  • Commission professional surveys of selected ponds for ‘special’ species
  • Commence pond restoration, minor and major, as required. Use local volunteers or contractors depending on the nature of the work required.
  • Commence creation of new or replacement ponds at selected sites

Project lead:

David Dewsbury     tel : 01594 832068 email: david.dewsbury@btinternet.com