#PondWatch 2024 will take place online on Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June.

Full details for #PondWatch 2024 events and activities will be added soon!


We are encouraging everyone to get out and explore their local ponds whether they are lucky enough to have one in their garden or have some in their local park or nature reserves. Share your photos and stories on social media!

#PondWatch Soundtrack – Snail Lake
Created to celebrate #PondWatch, delve in the pond and watch the premiere of Snail Lake! A short underwater Timelapse film by Steve White with a soundtrack by Bristol’s Murmuration Choir

We want to hear from you!

For #PondWatch you and your ponds are always the star of the show!

For PondWatch weekend we want to showcase your ponds over our social media channels, providing excellent pond-spiration! So get in touch if you want to be featured for 2024.

Take a look at the latest pond stories on our Pond Ponderings blog

Get Involved

30 minute challenge

With busy lives and so much going on in the world it can be hard to find time for ourselves to unwind. Try and find half an hour on PondWatch Saturday and Sunday to spend time outdoors, no matter the weather, alone or with friends/family. If your can, visit your local ponds and enjoy the wonderful spring wildlife you encounter.

To find out more about the benefits of being outdoors and how to look after your mental health visit Mind.org.uk 



Learn along the way

Freshwater wetlands are some of the most diverse place in Britain!

Take a closer look and you’ll be surprised by what you find; for example, did you know that the largest British Dragonfly, the Emperor, lays its eggs in garden ponds, or that there is such a thing as a Water Stick Insect?!

Please share your stories and photos with the BDS and our fellow freshwater charities.

Want to know more about a species? Let us know and we’ll do our best to help!

You can find us on:





Some of our wildlife friends who can give you information on . . .

Invertebrates: Buglife

Mayflies, Caddisflies and Stoneflies: Riverflies

Butterflies and Moths: Butterfly Conservation

Amphibians and Reptiles: ARC

Birds: RSPB   WWT

General wildlife: Wildlife Trust

Dragon Spotting

Want to identify the dragonflies visiting your pond? Our website has lots of great resources to help you on your identification journey.

Take a look at the great video by Wildlife Garden Project, which is a great way to get started with some of the most common pond visitors.


Meet our #PondWatch Partners

Our partners will be sharing their pond insights and stories over the weekend so make sure to follow them.

Green Fingered George

Our Youth Ambassador George has a passionate for wildlife garden- check out mega pond and you’ll see what we mean!





Joel Ashton

Joel is an expert pond creator and has been featured on BBC Springwatch and BBC Gardeners’ World.




Steve White

A wildlife film maker and dragonfly enthusiast, Steve has been supporting #PondWatch since it began, sharing underwater footage from his garden pond.

Previously on #PondWatch . . .

PondWatch was born in the first lockdown of 2020 as a way of bringing the magic of ponds to those who could not visit one. It has now become an annual celebration of all things pond and happens on the second weekend in June.

Pond Doctor

Watch our Pond Doctor Daniele Muir tackle pond conundrums and questions in this online surgery from 2020-2021.

Watch the whole series on our YouTube Channel 

Garden and Pond Guidance

We have a range of advice and leaflets on managing your garden for Dragonflies, including digging a pond: See here

Not got space or can’t dig a pond? Our Ambassador Joel Ashton shows you how to make a barrel pond.


Our volunteer Steve White has produced a mini-series of Pondcasts for PondWatch 2021. Let’s go on an underwater tour of his pond!

Childrens' activities

We have a range of learning and craft activities to keep you entertained over the #PondWatch weekend.

Craft activity

Image credits:

Water-lily by Suzy Hazelwood