WN6: Pond management (areas more than 100 sq m)

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the pond management (areas more than 100 sq m) item.

How much will be paid

£170 per 100 square metres.

Where to use this item

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier


  • on ponds of up to 1 hectare
  • in combination with a pond buffer strip option, if the pond is next to cultivated land or intensive grassland
  • for pond restoration, where an assessment of existing biological interest and historic features is submitted with the application

Where this item cannot be used

  • to create ponds within 6m of a historic or archaeological feature identified in the HEFER
  • within areas of wildlife habitat identified on the FER except with the written agreement of Natural England

How this item will benefit the environment

This item will create networks or complexes of at least 3 ponds and restore the wildlife value of ponds that have become degraded.


See WN5 - Pond management (first 100 sq m)

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • any consents or permissions connected with the work
  • receipted invoices, or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable
  • please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the Mid Tier manual for more detail

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them with the claim:

  • photographs of the completed work

Applicants will need to send the following with their application:

  • photographs showing the pond (or the location of a new pond) before the works begin
  • an assessment of existing biological interest and historic features for ponds to be restored

This item can be used on the same area as the following item:

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item

The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this item.

How to choose a site

Create ponds in low input, semi-natural habitats that have small catchments and are unconnected to other water bodies (to protect them from pollution). To encourage biodiversity, aim to create a variety of pond types (e.g. in depth, size and age) close to other freshwater habitats.

How to manage the site

Manage only part of the pond at any one time and always keep some of the existing habitat as it is including some of the leaf litter, logs and woody debris. If there are a number of ponds on a site, do not use the same management plan on all of them at the same time. Aim to maintain diversity in the pond complex. If the pond contains a protected species, a wildlife licence will be required.

Further information

More information about creating ponds is available from the Freshwater Habitats Trust.

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 29 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  2. First published.