Want to learn more about freshwater wildlife?

Want to learn more about ponds and lakes and the diverse variety of wildlife they support? The following organisations and resources are great places to further your interest.

Top ten tips for a healthy pond (PDF, 134KB) – produced by OPAL and Buglife

Water survey partners

Freshwater Habitats Trust (formerly Pond Conservation) – www.freshwaterhabitats.org.uk
Buglife: The Invertebrate Conservation Trust – www.buglife.org.uk
British Dragonfly Society – www.british-dragonflies.org.uk
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation – www.arc-trust.org
Botanical Society of the British Isles – www.bsbi.org.uk

Discover freshwaters

The Freshwater Biological Association – www.fba.org.uk
Plantlife – www.plantlife.org.uk
The Riverfly Partnership – www.riverflies.org
Invertebrates and wildlife recording: National Biodiversity Network – www.nbn.org.uk
Royal Entomological Society – www.royensoc.co.uk
Amateur Entomologist’s Society – www.amentsoc.org
British Entomological and Natural History Society – www.benhs.org.uk
Anglers’ Monitoring Initiative – www.riverflies.org/rp-riverfly-monitoring-initiative

Identification resources

OPAL iSpot: share wildlife photos and get help with identification – www.ispot.org.uk
Natural History Museum identification forums – www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/community/identification
Freshwater Life’s identification guides – www.freshwaterlife.org/id_home.jsp
British Dragonfly Society species guide – www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/uk-species
Conchological Society guide to snails – www.conchsoc.org/aids_to_id/help-id.php
Virtual pond dip and introduction to microscopic aquatic creatures – Microscopy UK virtual pond dip

Invasive aquatic plants and species

Defra and the Scottish Government's Be Plant Wise campaign
Plantlife – www.plantlife.org.uk/campaigns/INNS
PlantTracker app – planttracker.naturelocator.org
AquaInvaders app – naturelocator.org/aquainvaders.html

Conservation and protected species

UK Biodiversity Action Plan – jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5155.
The Water Page – global tips and resources for water conservation – www.thewaterpage.com/water-conservation.htm

Tomorrow's Water competition

Are you a student aged 15-20? Can you help solve the water issues of the future?

Win your chance to compete against the world in Sweden by entering the CIWEM Tomorrow's Water competition.

World Water Monitoring Challenge

Join in a global survey of water quality and help improve our water resources.

World Water Monitoring Challenge is an international education and outreach programme that gets people involved in protecting water resources around the world.

Order a water testing kit online and take part today – www.worldwatermonitoringday.org


Improve your garden pond

How can you help pond wildlife to thrive? Get expert tips and find out how to get more involved.

Freshwater Habitats Trust


Water activity sheets

Do your kids love water? Get your hands on free puzzles, games and amazing facts.

Kids Zone