Ponds, Pools and Lochans

4. Management of ponds


4.1 Introduction

This section summarises the main principles of pond management, encompassing the need for the protection of both biodiversity and cultural heritage. More detailed information on pond management is available in The Pond Book, available from the Ponds Conservation Trust (Williams et al., 1999).

Table 14.
Management of ponds: where to find information in this guide
Has the pond been surveyed?

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No. Survey data is needed to guide pond management. See Section 3.
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Yes
Assess what type of mamagement is needed (see Section 4.3 on planning pond management)
 
Is there evidence of pollution?

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Yes. See Section 4.4 on techniques for controlling pollution
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No.
Is tree management required? pink_arrow_across.gif (1804 bytes) Yes. Undertake gentle tree management.
See Section 4.5.
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No.
Is sediment management required? pink_arrow_across.gif (1804 bytes) Yes. Implement sediment control or removal. See Section 4.5.
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No.
Is vegetation management required? pink_arrow_across.gif (1804 bytes) Yes. Undertake gentle vegetation removal and monitor results. See Section 4.5.
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No.
Keep a watching brief on the pond to maintain the status quo.
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