Ponds give ferns fighting chance in Cumbria

Pillwort - pilularia globulifera
Image caption Pillwort - pilularia globulifera - is nationally scarce

New ponds at a Cumbria wildlife reserve are set to boost a rare fern colony.

Pillwort - pilularia globulifera - is nationally under threat from pollution, but has survived at the RSPB Hodbarrow reserve near Millom.

A grant of £600 from Million Ponds Project and Biffaward has enabled the RSPB to dig six clean water ponds.

The charity estimates that 80% of ponds in the countryside are in poor condition, so the new ones would give the species a fighting chance.

Becca Cleaver, Million Ponds project officer, said: "It means the delicate plants and animals that can't survive in polluted ponds will be able to find a home here."

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