Pond ecology and conservation in the Anthropocene

Join the Aquatic SIG for this workshop exploring current and future pond conservation and management.

Ponds are common landscape features, supporting high biodiversity, and providing a wide range of ecosystem services to tackle many complex challenges facing society. Despite the significant contribution to wildlife and society, ponds remain largely outside the conservation agenda.

This one-day workshop will explore ponds as dynamic multifunctional habitats, examine the current conservation and management of pond networks and identify future research needs. This workshop will be of interest to both practitioners and researchers examining pond ecosystems and will encourage participants to collaborate in future work that will increase both the understanding and the application of pond conservation, management and restoration.

A detailed agenda will be released soon, but the day will follow two parts;

  • Presentations of current research and practical pond conservation and management.
  • Discussion on the next steps for pond conservation (identifying research priorities, integrating ponds into UK conservation policy)

Invited speakers:

  • Carl Sayer: Restoring UK lowland farmland ponds: the ghostly and ghastly
  • Jeremy Biggs: How ponds can help us stop and reverse the decline of freshwater biodiversity. Evidence from the practical work of the Freshwater Habitats Trust
  • Chris Hassall: Patterns and processes in urban pond ecology

If you have any queries please contact Matt Hill for more information


If you would like to present a paper, please send a short abstract to Matt Hill by Friday 12 April 2019. Abstracts should be a max of 250 words.


Tickets are £20 for non-BES members, £10 for BES members, and free for PhD students (PhD places are limited)

Register here