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UES have been involved in the creation of ponds both for great crested newt mitigation, and for smaller projects to encourage garden wildlife.

Pond Creation

Ponds are particularly important as home to the protected great crested newt. As many as 1 in 3 ponds in Cheshire contain populations of great crested newts. Ponds also provide habitat for other amphibians such as, common toad, smooth newt , palmate newt and common frog . Water voles can also be found in ponds and other species such as bats and birds feed on the flies above ponds.

The vegetation in ponds varies depending on their depth. For example, plants like spiked water milfoil, rigid hornwort and yellow water lily are all characteristic of deeper water. Whereas Soft rush creeping bent and yellow flag iris are more characteristic of typical marginal areas.

Ponds are also important for many invertebrates such as the broad bodied chaser, red-eyed damselfly and the protected lesser silver water beetle.

Contact us

United Environmental Services have been involved in the creation of a large number of ponds and can offer advice on all aspects of pond creation.

For further information

Pond Conservation website - http://www.pondconservation.org.uk
UK BAP for Mesotrophic Lakes - http://www.ukbap.org.uk/UKPlans.aspx?ID=22
UK BAP for Euthrophic Standing Waters - http://www.ukbap.org.uk/UKPlans.aspx?ID=23

Case Studies

Extended phase 1 habitat survey in Deeside

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August 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Deeside, North Wales in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their development... more...

Ecological appraisal and landscape design

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January 2011
UES initially completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey and ecological appraisal of a site in Loughton, Essex. The proposed site footprint, currently a mosai... more...

Landscape design in Loughton, Essex

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January 2011
UES were commissioned in the winter of 2010 to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Loughton, Essex. The site which is in the grounds of a retirement... more...

Extended phase 1 survey in Lancashire

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January 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Lancashire for Seddon Homes in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their deve... more...

Great crested newt trapping scheme

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November 2010
Project summary In 2008/09, UES were instructed to conduct a Great Crested Newt (GCN) mitigation scheme for Augean PLC at Slipe Clay pits in King’s Cliffe, n... more...

Breeam Habitat Survey in Birmingham

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November 2010
UES were commissioned to provide an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of o high rise office complex near Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Survey is to provide informa... more...

Ecological Surveys near Nantwich in Cheshire

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October 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey, bat surveys, barn owl surveys and to provide advice on any grea... more...