Crayfish need an 'ark' site

August 26, 2009
Gloucestershire Echo

Environment bosses have appealed to landowners in Gloucestershire to help save one of the country's most threatened species.

The Environment Agency wants people who own a lake to come forward if they will let it become an 'ark' for the white- clawed crayfish.

The number of the freshwater crustaceans, which look like miniature lobsters, has dwindled in recent years as they lose out to more aggressive invasive species such as the American signal crayfish.

Environment Agency spokesman Will Akast said: "It feels really good to be doing something positive for native crayfish.

"In time, it is hoped the transferred animals will breed and grow into a healthy population in the lakes.

"If you have a large pond, lake or gravel pit and would like it to be considered as an ark site, call us on 08708 506 506."

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