Community Learning: Ponds and how to Manage them for Amphibians

Course overview

It is estimated that we have lost over a million ponds from our landscapes in the UK since 1900, yet these are vital habitats for many plant and animal species.

In this course, we will look at the importance of ponds in gardens. Through careful management, ponds can be of resource and a host of wildlife.

We will be exploring the ponds on the beautiful Merrist Wood estate and undertaking a survey to identify a variety of freshwater invertebrates.

This is one of our Community Learning courses.

Our Community Learning programme offers a series of FREE courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental well-being for adults aged 19 and over.

You are eligible for these funded places if you are aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) and either have:

  • a mental health condition or difficulty
  • are employed and earning an annual salary of less than £18,525 per annum
  • in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims)
  • are a single parent
  • have a social or emotional difficulty.

For further details and terms and conditions please view our CommunityWellbeing page.


On this course, you will learn:

  • the importance of ponds as wildlife habitats
  • key components to sustain the pond ecosystem
  • things to consider when building a garden pond
  • how to identify a range of pond plants and animals
  • how to identify our native amphibians and manage your garden for them


You will get to connect with like-minded individuals who enjoy learning about their local woodland.

Being outdoors allows you to reconnect with your senses. This will have a positive effect on your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

  • A natural curiosity and a desire to learn
  • A willingness to get close to the natural world
  • Pens and paper to take notes
  • Old clothes and sturdy footwear
  • Wet weather clothing in case of rain
  • Sun cream and hat in case the weather is hot

On successful completion of this course, you can go on to achieve qualifications in:

  • Conservation of British Habitats
  • Practical Habitat Management course
  • Level 3 Diploma in Wildlife and Conservation
  • other courses in the Nature Friendly Gardens series

Please search the website for further details.

Please note: There are no catering facilities open on a Saturday at the College. Please feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Course Starts in 31 Days
  • 5 November 2022 - 12 November 2022
  • 09:00 - 12:00
  • Saturday
  • 2 Weeks
    • 16-18: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

    • Adult: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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