Despite being a vital freshwater habitat, rural ponds have been in decline throughout the 20th century and are subject to a number of different pressures. These pressures include:

  • Invasive species

  • Eutrophication

  • Encroaching vegetation

  • Build up of silt and sediment from urban and agricultural runoff.

To read more about the importance of pond habitats click here.

It is therefore greatly important that we protect and restore these natural habitats. Here at Norfolk Rivers Ecology we are highly experienced in a number of pond restoration techniques, including:

  • Removing silt

  • Opening up light by clearing encroaching vegetation

  • Planting native vegetation

  • Re-excavation of historic ponds

We are highly experienced in managing steps of pond restoration projects. Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Identifying specific pressures

  • Surveying pond habitats including, vegetation, birds, invertebrates and reptiles

  • Applying for Natural England and Environment Agency permits

  • Excavation of historic and highly silted ponds

  • Planting plans

  • Management plans

Contact us to discuss your requirements and to start the process towards restoring your pond.


Lottie Williams, Anglian Water

"Even though the site at Ingoldisthorpe has a very functional purpose for us at Anglian, it is proof that there is a way to balance the way we treat and clean water, with broader environmental benefits and as importantly, without the need for expensive carbon-hungry infrastructure. It’s excellent for biodiversity, and does this job for us naturally. We’re already looking at where we can make scheme like this commonplace as a water treatment option in the future as it’s an excellent example of how by working together, we can provide innovative solutions for our treatment processes, ensure they are sustainable for future generations and protect the environment"