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As you may be aware last year we supported the Freshwater Habitats Trust in its roll out of the PondNet project previously piloted in Cheshire and other areas of the country.

The Freshwater Habitats Trust have been very impressed with the activity and enthusiasm of the MBB volunteer network, our support and general interest in the area to the point that they would like to continue working with us into the future. As a result there are opporunities for taking part in additional  training and surveys around 'focus' species (protected species with an affinity for freshwater). Currently, we are looking for people who might be interested in tracking down populations of Mud Snail (Omphiscola glabra), Tubular Water-dropwort (Oenanthe fistulosa) and Pillwort (Pilularia globulifera). All of which we have historic records for but no recent information, a challange for any aspiring naturalist!

If that doesn't float your boat then there are a variety of other PondNet/FHT surveys to get involved with, all of which can be found here: http://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/projects/pondnet/survey-options/ We are also supporting FHT eDNA testing (now fully booked out) and their WaterNet project (chemical testing of freshwater). If you would like to be involved in the latter then do let us know.