Recruiting “Crayfish Champions” to help survey streams in the Clun area

The Shropshire Hills AONB is home to the endangered white-clawed crayfish. It is the UK’s only native crayfish, but in recent years, due to a combination of declining habitat and the invasive American signal crayfish it is under threat.

Working with the Marches Crayfish Partnership, the Shropshire Hills AONB Team are hoping to discover how white-clawed crayfish are doing in our rivers and streams.

However to this we need your help.

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We are currently recruiting “Crayfish Champions” to help survey streams in the Clun area. There will be opportunities to learn about the River Clun, about the conservation of white-clawed crayfish, and how you can play a part in the survival of this species in the Shropshire Hills.

The Marches Crayfish Partnership will also be organising survey days in the Corvedale, River Teme and in Herefordshire also.

If you want to get involved and can spare a few days over the summer, we would like to hear from you.  Contact Mike Kelly, 01743 254743 or email mike.kelly@shropshire.gov.uk

A training day is planned for 4th July at Shropshire Wildlife Trust HQ in Shrewsbury and then at a local stream. Equipment will be provided.  To book on the training day please contact Caroline Savage: caroline.savage@environment-agency.gov.uk or 07802 534130 (Mon-Thurs)

If you want know more: https://www.buglife.org.uk/uk-crayfish-hub