Spring has definitely arrived and with it the first frogspawn in our ice age ponds.  We are now looking forward to getting out surveying and visiting the Ice Age Ponds again.

Ice Age Ponds Project Conference

We were thrilled to have a fabulous turnout, both in-person and online, for our Ice Age Ponds conference.  With excellent guest speakers talking about Ice Age Ponds, Ponds as a Carbon Sink and the future of pond conservation funding and talks about some of our project findings – including the geophysics and water testing results.  There was also a chance to see our (not quite finished) project film too.

This is our first time offering a hybrid conference, and we did have some hiccups trying to bring it all together, so thank you to everyone for your patience and we are sorry if some of the sound issues weren’t resolved.  We did try, and hope that people managed to enjoy the talks anyway.

For those who couldn’t make the day, or struggled with sound problems or just want to do it all again, all of the talks, handouts and information available on the day will be uploaded to the ice age ponds project pages over the next week or so to be enjoyed at your leisure so please do take a look. (https://www.herefordshirewt.org/iceageponds)

Volunteer Training

Tuesday 8th March 10.00 – 11.00am – Restoring overgrown ponds or ghost ponds

For the last of our online talks we are thrilled to have – Prof. Carl Sayer, from UCL will be talking about his many years experience of pond restoration, including working with the Norfolk ponds project and the Pond Restoration Research Group.  This is a fabulous chance to hear an expert in the subject of ghost pond restoration.

For zoom details please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/restoring-overgrown-ponds-and-ghost-ponds-tickets-258566969767?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Saturday 12th March – 9.30 or 13.00 – Practical Pond Surveying training

In preparation for the Ice Age Pond survey season to start we are running a half-day practical session on “Surveying Ice Age Ponds”.  This 3 hour session will go through the Pond Survey Form, and give you a chance to complete a form with experts on hand to help.  This session is perfect for people new to the surveys or for those who want a refresher.

To book your place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/herefordshires-ice-age-ponds-project-32609794791

Ice Age Pond Surveying

We are just finalising our list of sites to survey in March and April.  If you would like to volunteer to do one of our pond surveys then please do get in touch d.hutton@herefordshirewt.co.uk and we will add your to our list and find you a pond.

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