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Norfolk Coast Ponds Project

Ponds have been a part of the English landscape for millennia and provide a home and a resource for a great variety of wildlife. Norfolk has one of the highest densities of ponds in England, although even here many ponds have been lost over the last century.

We know that ponds in the Norfolk Coast AONB are an important part of its ecological networks, but we know very little about them at present.

Ponds Project Phase 1

Early in 2015, University College London was commissioned to undertake an initial study of ponds in the Norfolk Coast. We aimed to find out, through a desk-based survey and collation of available information, how many ponds there are, where they are, what broad categories of pond there are, and what information exists about the ponds and species associated with them.

The report for this first phase of the project is available here.

We know that there are over 1,300 ponds in the area, but that there appears to be very little information on the great majority of these ponds. The report provides recommendations for future action, and we're looking to find resources to take this forward - probably with further information-gathering and survey work initially.

AONB ponds map

The ponds have been put on a Google Fusion table and map, although some ground-truthing is still required.

The map is reasonably intuitive to use:

The three tabs at the top of the table allow you to see the data in rows, forms or on a map.

Click on the 'map of lat' tab to see the different types of ponds and their location on a Google map if this is not showing.

You can search the data by using the blue 'filter' tab. Choose 'pond types' and select the type(s) you want to show on the map - different types of pond are shown on the map using different colours / symbols.

You can see the available data on an individual pond by clicking on the icon for that pond.

Next steps

During 2017, we  have begun to 'ground-truth' the ponds identified from the desk survey to check locations and types, improve our information on them, and to begin to identify the most suitable ponds for restoration.

If you would like to help with this process as a volunteer, please get in touch.