EEL PASSES IN­STALLED ON SEV­ERN

The Field - - Opening Shots -

Eel passes are be­ing in­stalled this month on the River Sev­ern sys­tem as part of a three-year project to help con­serve the crit­i­cally en­dan­gered species.

Con­ser­va­tion­ists from the Wild­fowl and Wet­lands Trust are mi­crochip­ping wild eels at the Slim­bridge site to mon­i­tor how they use the re­serve and when they re­turn to the sea to breed. “Num­bers of glass eels re­turn­ing to the UK have de­creased by 95% in the past 40 years and they ur­gently need our help,” said Emma Hutchins, WWT’S head of re­serves management. Land recla­ma­tion has re­duced habi­tat avail­abil­ity for eels.

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