An ambitious Citizen Science project has been taking place since May 24 24, ending May 31, and is being organised by the North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership.
It aims to bring together schools, communities, youth groups and individuals across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray to build a picture of the state of ponds, and the plants and animals that they support.
A specially designed recording pack, called Pooling Our Ponds, has been launched to help participants find and identify key species, such as frogs, newts, dragonflies and water boatmen, which can indicate how healthy a pond is.
The North East Scotland Biological Records Centre will then collate the records contributed from the survey to give a better picture of what is out there.
For information on the Big North East Pond Dip and how to take part, see www.nesbiodiversity.org.uk/big-north-east-pond-dip.
Visit www.nesbrec.org.uk for more information on the Biodiversity Partnership.