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Public Engagement in agricultural pond conservation

Beacon Bursary for UCL Pond Team

Public Engagement in agricultural pond conservation

Helen Greaves has won a UCL Beacon Bursary to continue her public engagement work on UK pond conservation.

The award will boost the work of the UCL pond team, which focuses on biodiversity conservation in UK agricultural ponds, and is coordinated by Dr. Carl Sayer, with Ewan Shilland, Ian Patmore, Dave Emson, Helen Greaves and Emily Alderton.

Helen will use the funds to organise two outreach workshops on farmland biodiversity for Young Farmers in the north and east of England. Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform is prioritising support for this age group in the near future.

This summer the team will also deliver two pond outreach days for adults and children, and run a pond advice stall at the Royal Norfolk Show to encourage farmers to improve degraded pond habitats on their land.

Helen will roll out further work to gauge landowner opinions of pond habitats in agricultural land, and Carl has recently attended UK conservation policy meetings to draw attention to the needs of farm pond habitats.

Although pond habitats are popular in the UK, the conservation of agricultural ponds is often overlooked. UCL Geography’s research and outreach work is raising awareness of these undervalued, yet remarkable habitats.


A Norfolk pond