In November 2009, the World Land Trust (WLT) created a pond on the Trust’s UK reserve Kites Hill, located near Painswick in Gloucestershire, with the aim of enhancing the biodiversity of the area.
Ponds are a natural part of the British landscape but due to land-use changes, mainly as a result of farming, many of our natural ponds have been lost and many amphibian and reptile species are in decline.
Created as part of the county’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan, the wildlife pond will encourage more amphibians and reptiles to the reserve and will provide them with essential habitat in addition to benefiting other species on the site.
WLT’s Kites Hill Reserve can be visited and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beech woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is the only reserve actually owned by the Trust and demonstrates WLT’s successful conservation work.
Supporters of the pond
The pond was created with financial support from Natural England, The European Outdoor Group’s Association for Conservation, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Gloucestershire Environmental Group.