Open evening for ponds…

Isle of Wight Pond Wardens have been in operation for nearly 10 years and care for around 70 ponds

Thanks to funding obtained by the Hampshire & IW Wildlife Trust from WWLP and the Environment Agency more Pond Wardens are to be trained. The group has a shortage of members from the West Wight area, but is interested to recruit people from all over the Island.

To welcome new Wardens, and to hopefully recruit some more people to their ranks, the scheme is to have an open evening on Thursday 24th June at 7pm at the Parish Hall, Victoria Road, Freshwater.

“Ponds are under threat from a number of directions…” explains Ray Harrington-Vail the Pond Warden’s tutor.

“Introduction of goldfish and other fish into ponds will soon lead to the loss of important species such as dragonflies, newts and other amphibians. Pest pond weeds dumped in the wild can soon choke a pond.”

“The scheme welcomes all sizes of ponds into the scheme. Those wishing to become Wardens need no previous experience, just a love of ponds.”

“A small pond can have more interesting wildlife than a large one, even ponds that dry up for part of the year can be important habitats for certain species.”

“Anyone thinking of creating a wildlife pond should come on this free training course. We often hear from many people with pond problems – one common issue is that the pond has been put in the wrong place…”

The all day training event will be held on Saturday 2 October in the Freshwater area. For more details please contact Ray at the Footprint Trust on (01983) 82-22-82. or email