Improvements in drainage techniques have resulted in the disappearance of many wetland habitats on intensive farmland and ponds have become very infrequent on farms throughout the country. Pond creation is a unique feature of the BRIDE Project and this measure is integral to the landscape-scale approach of the project.
Ponds can be created by excavating a wet or damp site and compacting the basin (if necessary). Alternatively, water springs or small streams can be dammed and an overflow sluice installed to regulate water levels. The pond does not need to be more than 1 metre in depth and it is important to have shallow, saucer-like margins.
It is very important that no existing habitat is damaged when creating a pond. Only use native pondweeds when stocking the pond. The BRIDE Project recommends that the area of the pond is at least 10 metres x 10 metres surrounded by a margin of at least 2 metres in width and fenced off from surrounding agricultural land.