July 31, 2014

One unwelcome invader to our rivers is the North American Signal Crayfish, a ferocious cannibal that will eat anything that comes its way, fish eggs, ducklings, young Moorhens and has all but finished off our indigenous species. Apart from doing harm to our wildlife they can collapse a river bank by their constant burrowing. The River Ock has its share of this monster and Steve has been doing his best to control them (over 100 in 3 days from a 10 meter stretch) You have to be licensed by the E.A to catch them and putting them back is forbidden, (failure to comply carries a hefty fine) but they do make for good eating!

Filed under: River ock, wildlife

6 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. ppjs  |  August 1, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Every so often they are on the menu at the Fish in Sutton Courtenay – very tasty!

  • 2. colinB  |  August 1, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Crayfish Tails very popular as sandwich filling, with rocket and mayo….

  • 3. newcomer  |  August 1, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Crayfish Bob:

    should have been at the Job Fair.

  • 4. Hester  |  August 1, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Does the Daily Mail know about this latest immigration scandal? Something should be done….

  • 5. Adrian  |  August 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Let me get this right now.

    We have an invasive species that has decimated other indigenous species yet, in our government’s wisdom, you need to get a license to catch and remove them…

    One wonders how we ever found our way across the Channel let alone ruled much of the planet…

  • 6. steve king  |  August 3, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Hi Adrian, yes it does sound stupid, but the reasoning is you have to have trap of strict dimension so as not to trap accidentally, Water Voles and or Otters, both of which are in the Ock, the white card on the trap is the EA licence.

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