Pond wildlife surveys

A common frog in a pond looking at the camera as it sits in the pond weed. The water in front of it is thick with frog eggs.

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A range of surveys and identification guides to help you monitor the wildlife in ponds.

If you want to start monitoring the wildlife in your pond, we have gathered a variety of surveys from UK wildlife organisations that are easy for beginners. We also have links to helpful identification guides.

Download the full list (PDF 282KB), or browse the highlights below.

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Pond surveys and ID guides sheet

Download the full list of pond surveys and ID guides

Highlighted surveys

🔵 The Big Pond Dip

Freshwater Habitats Trust

A simple survey which can be done every year to monitor the health of your pond. The best time to do this survey is between May and August.

Based on the results, your pond will receive a 'score' which can indicate its health. The website makes some recommendations based on your score which can help to improve your pond for wildlife.

Equipment: You will need a white tray, a sieve, the survey forms provided and a pen.

🐸 National Amphibian Survey - surveys for frogs, toads and newts

 Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Survey protocols for finding a site and undertaking the national frog & toad survey and national newt survey.

The frog and toad survey is done between 1 January and 31 March. The newt survey is done between 1 April and 30 May. See the website for the full survey protocols.

Equipment: Torch, pond net. You will need good amphibian identification skills and some experience of observing amphibians in the field.

🐸 Surveying for Amphibians


There are a range of survey methods in this guide which require some equipment, including the use of artificial 'egg strips', nets and high powered torches.

🐸 Nature's Calendar - Amphibians

Woodland Tust

Report your first sightings of frogspawn, tadpoles and newts each year to help track the impact of climate change and weather on amphibians.

Equipment: None

Useful ID guides

🔵 Freshwater invertebrates ID guide

Natural History Museum

Our guide to help people identify some of the common groups of freshwater invertebrates that are likely to be found in the UK.


🔵 Dragonfly ID help

British Dragonfly Society

A website where you can filter what you have seen by month, habitat and colour to narrow down the possible identification options.


🐸 Common UK amphibians identification guide

Natural History Museum

A guide to the common UK amphibian species.

Other collections of surveys and schemes