Mark Blake

Se­nior Re­serves Man­ager, Som­er­set Wildlife Trust

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Advertisem­ent Feature -

“Since 2014, we have done a lot to im­prove the habi­tat for eels in the net­work of Som­er­set wet­lands that form the Avalon Marshes. We’ve cut reedbeds to open up new chan­nels, have dug a va­ri­ety of underwater ledges and trenches, and chucked loads of tree root balls into the wa­ter. Eels aren’t fast swim­mers, so a more di­verse underwater struc­ture gives them more places to hide. By help­ing aquatic in­ver­te­brates and other fish, we are in turn cre­at­ing more food for the eels. We’ve also re­placed cul­verts: the con­nec­tiv­ity of the habi­tat needs to be good enough for both elvers ar­riv­ing and full­grown sil­ver eels leav­ing. Our aim is to make this the best place in the coun­try for eels.”

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