Achieving more for nature

Your land

Whether you have a small garden, 10,000 hectares of farmland or you are interested in making the development in your town better for nature there is something in this section for you.

Ponds, lakes and reservoirs

Found across all of Greater Lincolnshire ponds, lakes and reservoirs are features of our landscape. These water features may be practical as in reservoirs for drinking or irrigation; or for amenity as in lakes in country parks; or for wildlife as in some garden ponds.

Ponds, lakes and reservoirs are important for wildlife for three reasons, firstly as the amount of these habitats has declined hugely. It is thought that the number of ponds in the landscape is a quarter of what it was 100 years ago, so what remains is precious. Secondly many of the habitats that remain have declined in quality, so those habitats that are still high quality or can be returned to high quality are precious. Thirdly these habitats are home to a staggering variety of wildlife, not only wildlife that live in fresh stillwaters but wildlife that lives upon the fringes of such habitats – such as birds that live in the vegetation around lakes and rely on them for food. For more on the description of ponds, lakes and reservoirs and their status in Greater Lincolnshire see the Rivers and Wetlands Nature Strategy page.

There are a multitude of types of ponds, lakes and reservoirs of all size, uses and origins. While many of these may look similar they may behave differently in different conditions according to how they are managed and the water used. More in depth knowledge is required to determine when each kind of water body is in good condition.

The following are links to good practice on managing ponds, lakes and reservoirs for wildlife. Many of these focus on ponds but the principles can be applied to lakes and reservoirs. Ponds, lakes and reservoirs can be managed for a variety of species groups and the information, in alphabetical order, below reflects this:

  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation – a web page on the generic habitat requirements of amphibians and management actions. There is a link to a more detailed amphibian habitat management handbook
  • Buglife – a webpage describing eutrophic standing water, the threats and management techniques to help invertebrates
  • Freshwater habitats trust – a 32 page booklet on creating, managing, finding the right plants and attracting wildlife to garden ponds. The industry standard on garden ponds.
  • Non-native species secretariat – the central government portal for information on non-native invasive species. Factsheets in individual species can be downloaded from here
  • RSPB – a three page poster on managing reedbeds which links to their larger research project containing more detail for birds, invertebrates and amphibians