Increased building development in the countryside and intensification of the landscape have been blamed for the decline in ponds.
Agricultural chemicals from neighbouring farmlands were claimed to be the main cause, leading to ponds becoming overgrown and stagnant, and the subsequent failure of the ecosystem.
To counteract the loss of ponds in the UK, Pond Conservation has launched its million ponds project, which aims to replace 500,000 ponds within the next 50 years and so protect freshwater wildlife.
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Phase two of this project is underway in England and Wales and will continue until 2020 when it is hoped that 30,000 new clean-water ponds will have been created.
Wendi O’Toole, operations manager at Scott Parnell Water Management Ltd, said that ponds were now becoming increasingly commonplace on new residential developments.
“Not only do they provide an aesthetically pleasing landscape, but have the added advantage of handling rainwater and preventing issues with potential flooding.”