THE National Trust has announced new “safeguarding measures” at Frensham Little Pond in a bid to help the important conservation site thrive.

These measures will include the prohibition of swimming and paddling in Little Pond and the re-introduction of car parking charges.

Matt Cusack, lead ranger at Frensham Little Pond, said: “Frensham is internationally important for the variety of rare and endangered wildlife that thrive on the heath and has a triple protection status, being a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation.

“We are seeing an increase in visitors to this area and we’re keen for everyone to help us preserve and protect these vital habitats for future generations.”

The National Trust has justified these changes by highlighting the damaging effect of swimming, commenting: “Frensham Little Pond and the surrounding grounds are a haven for wildlife. Swimming in the pond, by humans or dogs, greatly disturbs the wildlife. Therefore to protect these species and continue to enrich the habitat, we are asking visitors to refrain from swimming or paddling”

Parking charges, first introduced in 2016 but withdrawn last winter, will be used to maintain the car park, install a new gate, to stop anti-social behaviour along with general protection of the landscape.

On-site staff will also be present in the coming months to help answer visitor’s questions and to plan wildlife walks and talks for the coming season.