Dedicate a Nature Pond
Sponsor a pond for nature – it makes a fantastic gift for a nature lover.
Ponds are so important! They provide a crucial habitat for many invertebrates and amphibians. Yet it is estimated that over half of all ponds in the UK have been lost.
This is why we make as many ponds as we can.
At Bank Woods we have formed ponds in our Ancient Woodland, and on the edge of our newly planted woodland. The biggest is filled by rainwater from the roof of our barn. To create others, we have made ‘leaky dams’ from fallen branches and locally available materials, to hold back streams. This type of pond plays an important role in flood alleviation, and is great for wildlife.
We have also dug ponds for our Belties and Exmoor Ponies to drink from, which have become havens for water-loving wild flowers.
At Sylvan we have dug several ponds over the years. Only one holds water naturally, all year round, and others have required to be lined. We have lined some and will line others in due course.
Dacre Woodlands is home to two of our newer ponds. They have been dug at the bottom of a gentle slope. We have sown wild flower seed around them, which will look fantastic, and be great for pollinators.
At Windmill Hill, we completed two ponds in the summer of 2022. They lie between newly planted trees and a large clearing, in which we will sow wildflowers.
Our partner site, Covenhope Reserve, nr Hingham, Norfolk has three bodies of water. The oldest and largest dates from c.1800, and is actually a small lake. It was restored in 2022 and is home or feeding ground to a vast array of birds, insects, amphibians and mammals. Variety in the freshwater habitat available to wildlife is crucial. The surface area and depth of water, bank gradient and surrounding plant life all influencing which wondrous creatures take up residence. With these differences in mind, two further ponds have been created to increase biodiversity at the reserve.
Our partner site near Buxton, Rowan Tree Farm is the location of 12 small wildlife ponds dug in October 2023, into the hill side. These will form valuable habitat for invertebrate and amphibian life.
Whichever pond you sponsor, it will provide valuable habitat, and look beautiful in its natural location for many years to come!
Sponsor a Pond: What you get:
- A personalised certificate of dedication, sent by email
- This will include a map showing the location of the pond you have dedicated
- The satisfaction of supporting precious habitat for many plants, insects, amphibians, birds and mammals – thereby improving biodiversity
- The joy of knowing you are helping to develop a beautiful pond which will be part of the countryside for many years to come
For Ts & Cs and more information about visiting, please read this page.
(Please note, you will not ‘own’ the pond)