For Amphibian Survey Pond Form

Number of years in ten that pond dries up:

Obtain information from Landowner or other local source or estimate if that is not possible.

Water Quality. Select the appropriately numbered option on the form.
  1. Bad = clearly polluted, only pollution-tolerant invertebrates, no submerged plants;
  2. Poor = low invertebrate diversity, few submerged plants;
  3. Moderate = moderate invertebrate diversity;
  4. Good = abundant and diverse invertebrate community.

Waterfowl impact: Select the appropriately numbered option on the form.

  1. Major = severe impact of waterfowl i.e little or no evidence of submerged plants, water turbid, pond banks showing patches where vegetation removed, evidence of provisioning waterfowl;
  2. Minor = waterfowl present, but little indication of impact on pond vegetation, pond still supports submerged plants and banks are not denuded of vegetation;
  3. None = no evidence of waterfowl impact (moorhens may be present).

Fish presence:  Select the appropriately numbered option on the form.

  1. Major = dense populations of fish known to be present;
  2. Minor = small numbers of crucian carp, goldfish or stickleback known to be present;
  3. Possible = no evidence of fish, but local conditions suggest that they may be present;
  4. Absent = no records of fish stocking and no fish revealed during survey(s).

Terrestrial habitat:

  1. None = clearly no suitable habitat within immediate pond locale;
  2.  Poor = habitat with poor structure that offers limited opportunities limited opportunities for foraging and shelter (e.g. amenity grassland);
  3. Moderate = offers opportunities for foraging and shelter, but may not be extensive;
  4. Good = extensive habitat that offers good opportunities for foraging and shelter completely surrounds pond (e.g. rough grassland, scrub or woodland).