Leicestershire Newt Ponds

FWAG East and EMEC are partnering with Natural England to create ponds across Cambridgeshire for the conservation of Great Crested Newts. We are offering up to £3,200 to create new ponds through EnTrade’s auction platform. Alternatively, you can register your interest to have the pond dug on your behalf.

The ponds are required to compensate for the effects of development on Great Crested Newts. They are being created at a landscape scale to benefit the county’s newt population, and the ponds will be colonised naturally by amphibians and aquatic vegetation.

Providing your land falls within the target area shown on the map below and you can meet the criteria, we invite you to take part in the scheme by bidding to create from 2 to 6 ponds.

Your pond will require planning permission but we will arrange this for you and pay for it in full.

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Habitat requirements

We are on hand to support you in understanding the options we are looking for and tailoring them to your land - please get in contact with any questions or queries.

Please contact one of the following for more details:
FWAG East – Lucy Jenkins: 07436 031641, ponds@fwageast.org.uk
EMEC – Sarah-Marie Taylor: 07976 072988, sarahmarietaylor@emec-ecology.co.uk


  • Within the area shown on the map below
  • Within 50m of rough terrestrial habitats, such as thick hedgerows, woodland or scrub
  • On grounds of low ecological value
  • On open grounds where sunlight can penetrate the pond
  • Away from potential sources of pollution, including agricultural run-off
  • On clay/impervious soils that are likely to hold water

Pond specifications

We are looking for new ponds that meet these criteria:

  • An area of around 150m2
  • Include a fenced buffer around the pond of 3m
  • A depth of 1m
  • Gently sloping slides with spoil graded around the pond or carted away
  • The pond may be fed by field drains or by rainwater, but not connected to ditches, streams or other ponds which may contain fish, invasive species or polluted water

The ponds must not

  • Be located nearby other ponds or lakes that are heavily used by ducks or geese
  • Be located where rivers or streams may flood and introduce fish to the pond
  • Be stocked with fish or be used to encourage waterfowl
  • Be located within 30m of a highway or a badger sett
  • Infringe on utility services such as overhead powerlines or buried pipes
  • Affect archaeological features
  • Damage to the roots of mature trees during excavation or impact on protected species
  • Be within an SSSI or other nationally important site

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We are looking for ponds across Leicestershire, in the area on the map shown below. If you are not sure if your land is within the area please get in touch.

The Reverse Auction

A reverse auction is the opposite of a traditional auction where many bidders compete to buy an item at an increasing price. In a reverse auction bidders enter their best price for providing the good or service, and in this particular instance bids will be analysed based on a price per pond created.

EnTrade is experienced in running reverse auctions and the tool is proven in protecting water environments and creating new habitat.

Once you have decided on the location of your pond you will be able to bid for funding to undertake it on this platform. You can edit or delete your bid at anytime until the auction close and whilst price is a factor, it is equally important that the quality of the habitat created meets the requirements above.

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