WT4: Pond management – first 100 sq m

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the pond management – first 100 sq m option.

How much will be paid

£103 per pond.

Where to use this option

Available for Higher Tier


  • on priority ponds (these are defined on the Freshwater Habitats Trust website)
  • on other ponds with flora and fauna of nature conservation importance, good quality water and natural water levels
  • when the neighbouring land is under a management option that restricts fertilisers, manures and pesticides

Where this option cannot be used

In combination with pond management capital items.

How this option will benefit the environment

It will protect and enhance small ponds of high wildlife value.


Agreement holders are likely to need to:

  • manage vegetation in the pond
  • control scrub and invasive non-native plants
  • retain overhanging trees, bushes and deadwood
  • graze or cut the margins of the pond
  • carry out the work within the dates agreed with the adviser
  • maintain clear, unpolluted water
  • maintain the current water regime

The agreement will set out what must not be done. It is likely agreement holders will not be allowed to:

  • introduce any plants or animals (including fish and waterfowl) to the pond
  • deepen or change the original profile of the pond
  • infill the pond

Keeping records

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

  • field operations at the parcel level, including associated invoices
  • photographs of the pond before works start
  • an assessment of existing biological interest

You should also be aware that at the start of each claim year, a percentage of agreement holders will be asked to take and submit the following photographic records:

  • photographs of the pond

The detailed requirements for this option will be tailored to the Higher Tier site. Applicants should discuss and agree these requirements with their adviser.

These options and supplements can be located on the same area as this option:

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this option

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

To avoid damaging the pond:

  • survey it to check which species are present
  • if the pond contains a protected species, a wildlife licence will be required
  • only manage one section of it at a time
  • keep some of the existing habitat
  • keep some of the leaf litter, logs and woody debris
  • aim to maintain diversity in the pond complex - if there are several ponds on the site, don’t carry out the same management on all of them at the same time

Further information

See the 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.