Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge


Peak District millstones on hillside near Stanage

Ponds (pdf full description) 

Approximate number – >300

Distribution – Mainly dewponds in the White Peak.  Much smaller numbers of ponds in the South West Peak and Dark Peak

Opportunities and Threats

Extent -  Dewponds are very widespread and abundant across much of the White Peak, although a large proportion have been lost through infilling or drying out.  This trend continues, though offset by restoration initiatives to some extent over the previous BAP period.  Occasional and probably relatively stable in the Dark Peak and South West Peak.

Condition – Dewponds generally moderate to poor, with many sites suffering eutrophication, low water levels and seasonal drying out.  Better in the Dark Peak and South West Peak.

Connectivity -  Generally moderate to poor, but with important pond clusters in the White Peak.  Potential much higher with restoration of derelict ponds.

Climate change risks – High risk of reduced summer rainfall and higher temperatures resulting in drying out or poor water quality.


The high rate of loss, continuing threats, vulnerability to climate change and importance for key species (particularly Great Crested Newt) means it is:

High priority to:

  • Maintain and enhance existing protected sites.
  • Restore sites which reinforce or link key pond clusters.

Medium priority to:

  • Safeguard other unprotected sites through agri-environment agreements, regulatory mechanisms and direct management.

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