A POND has burst into life following extensive winter conservation work.

Tadpoles have now been spotted in a pond on the Malvern Common located in the Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills Trust carried out the work and Beck Baker, community and conservation officer, said: ‘We’re delighted to see the life blossoming in this pond so soon.

“We look forward to watching other life including dragonflies and newts making this pond their home in the future.”

Over time, ponds begin to naturally fill in which benefits some species but others are lost as the amount and depth of water decreases.

In some cases, the water is lost altogether along with the water-dependent species.

The work undertaken included the removal of material to deepen the pond as well as the invasive vegetation.

There has been a huge loss in the number and the condition of freshwater habitats across the UK.

The Freshwater Habitats Trust said ponds have a huge impact on climate change, flooding and pollution and conservation work and the creation of new ponds is the best way to protect freshwater wildlife.

Around 92 per cent of ponds in England and Wales are biologically degraded so the Trust’s work to preserve these water-bodies is important to improve the national picture of freshwater habitats.

The Malvern Hills Trust cares for over 40 ponds ranging from mill ponds to stock ponds in a variety of different conditions, sizes and depths.

They have a rolling programme of pond restorations aiming to revive one or two ponds across their 3000 managed acres each winter.

The conditions of ponds across their land are monitored and conservation works to improve habitats are planned following advice from wildlife experts.