by ANTONY CLAY
LANDOWNERS across the county are being asked if they would allow an environmental body to create a pond on their land.
It is all part of an initiative to encourage the spread of the endangered Great crested newt.
Wildscapes CIC, a Sheffield-based environmental consultancy, has already constructed or restored more than 30 ponds across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire on behalf of Natural England and has been appointed again to deliver a number of ponds across the region this winter.
The ponds are fully funded by Natural England and landowners are not asked to contribute financially to the pond creation or restoration. They are asked to take a few basic measures to protect the habitat quality of the pond.
Maintenance and monitoring visits on a period basis over the next 25 years are also included in the project.
Interested parties in Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster are encouraged to contact Wildscapes CIC to discuss the suitability of their land for the project.
More information can be found at https://wildscapes.co.uk/pond-creation.
The Great crested newt is a European protected species with the animals, their eggs, breeding sites and resting places protected by law.
During the 20th century half of the UK’s ponds were lost and this has been a key factor in the decline of the species’ populations.
The project aims to give the species a boost by offering suitable places for them to live.