- To maintain the nature conservation value of existing ponds, lakes and their catchment areas through favourable management.
- Increase the number of open water bodies with nature conservation potential within the county.
- Aim to establish favourable conservation management on all good examples by 2010.
- Create 200 new non-recreational (not stocked with fish) ponds on land of low conservation value by 2010.
Restore 200 non-recreational ponds on land of low conservation value by 2010.
Create 80 hectares of shallow, sinuous pools in four blocks of c.20ha in gravel pits. These should also include numerous small islands for breeding and wintering wildfowl.
Restore one farm pond per Parish by 2010.
Seek to achieve all appropriate biodiversity targets in the British Waterways Action Plan within the County.
Total achievements to date (November 1998 - March 2001)
- Five lakes have been created (various sources).
- Over eighty ponds have been created in the County by various organisations.
Ten balancing pools of unknown quality to wildlife have been created throughout the County (data from the Environment Agency).
Seventeen ponds have been restored through the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.
Protection and Policy
- A number of canals, lakes and pools have been notified as SSSIs.
- A number of sites have been classified as grade 1 SBIs.
Law protects species such as great crested newts. This protection includes their surrounding habitat.
Pond and lake creation / restoration is targeted in various LEAPS which operate within the County.
Standing Eutrophic Water has been listed as a costed, key habitat in the UK Steering Group Report.
Management, Research and Survey
- A number of SSSIs, Local Nature Reserves and other nature reserves are actively managed.
- DEFRA’s Countryside Stewardship Scheme includes an option for pond management.
The County Council have produced a pond pack to help creation and management of ponds and FWAG produces an advisory booklet for landowners that include a section on ponds.
British Waterways has completed a full survey of all canals in the county with a management plan produced.
Inventory of ponds for Staffordshire Moorlands completed by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
A 'Restoring Power to the Wetlands' project (managed by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and funded by Powergen) operates in the east of Staffordshire.