Ponds, Pools and Lochans

1.2 SEPA's role in pond protection


The handbook has been prepared as part of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Habitat Enhancement Initiative (HEI). The HEI is a national initiative which has been developed to help SEPA fulfil its aims and duties with regard to conservation, biodiversity and sustainable development in relation to habitat issues.

Overall, SEPAs objectives in pond protection within the HEI are to:

  • promote the protection of existing ponds, pools and lochans
  • encourage pond creation
  • work in partnership with organisations and encourage community involvement in the conservation of small waterbodies
  • help develop public understanding of aquatic habitat conservation issues
  • promote the use of ponds within Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems to protect and conserve biodiversity.
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