Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds

I am delighted to announce that “Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds” is one of 15 projects that has been awarded a share of £.7.4 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to take action for nature.

Initial Lottery Funding enabled a development phase to take place last year when ponds were mapped and surveyed, allowing the project team to see exactly what was needed to go ahead with restoration. The development phase also provided an opportunity to engage with local communities and an army of enthusiastic volunteers were trained in pond survey techniques, supported by visits to local schools and other community events.

Celebrating the successful conclusion of the development stage are team members Richard King (Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team, HART), ecological consultants and HART members Giles King-Salter and Will Watson, Ian Fairchild, Andrew Nixon (Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, HWT), Project Manager David Hutton (based at HWT) and our own project officer Beth. Photo: Ian Fairchild

This project is a partnership with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust and Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team. The successful bid was the result of a team effort and wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of many wonderful volunteers. So a huge thank you to everyone who helped.
The project will officially start in the next couple of months and will open with the launch of the Ice Age Herefordshire exhibition at Hereford Museum in April.
We will be in touch soon with more details of what we are doing and how you can get involved.
Many thanks for all your help so far.
Beth Andrews – Ice Age Ponds Project Officer