Drought dangers for native fish
the current dry, hot weather has been having a devastating effect on native fish, especially those living in pools and smaller streams.
this was starkly illustrated in Wales recently when walkers enjoying a stroll near clarach, ceredigion, were shocked to see the local stream almost entirely dried up. the only surviving fish were isolated to a few rapidly dwindling pools, and many dead fish were seen scattered along the parched bed – a scene that will doubtless be repeated around the country if the drought continues. the river clarach and its tributaries are home to a range of fish, including salmon, brown trout, bullheads and stoneloach.
In Nottinghamshire, the canal & river trust sent a rescue team to move struggling fish from the Grantham canal in Lady Bay, after the water dropped to dangerously low levels. the survivors were pulled to safety from less than a foot of water, but it’s hoped they can be returned when levels return to normal.