A ripple in the pond

The importance of ponds as wildlife habitats

source: Gail Vines
New Scientist May 5 2001 p43

Garden ponds can lead their owners to take a greater interest in environmental issues, according to the head of the British Environment Agency, Barbara Young. Ponds are important as wildlife habitats, and can house more species than rivers. They are especially important as havens for endangered species, and some species are only found in ponds, according to the Ponds Conservation Trust. Young sees a need to go beyond ponds as ecological niches in hostile environments, and to pay more attention to the environment as a whole.