Native Crayfish

 

Native Crayfish

Lincolnshire has one remaining population of Native white-clawed crayfish down in the south of the county on the River Witham. Back in 2017 it became apparent that this population was under imminent threat from the American signal crayfish as their surrounding territory became ever closer to the natives. 

A team of organisations was pulled together by the Environment Agency to seek out suitable re-homing locations for the native crayfish. The LCSP put forward a suggested site and working with the willing landowner this became one of two suitable locations in Greater Lincolnshire. Individuals and volunteers from each organisation worked together to catch a small number of native crayfish and released them at the two secret locations. We have been back to these sites a year later to find they have successfully bred and we will continue to monitor them.