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What a lovely way to spend a few days…

Ian Patmore on the latest in the Crucian Carp revival

What a lovely way to spend a few days…

In the latest report on the activities of the UCL Pond Restoration Research Group, Ian Patmore describes the annual search for the beautiful crucian carp in Norfolk.

Members of the Norfolk Crucian Carp Project, including  Carl Sayer, Ian Patmore, Dave Emson, Helen Greaves and MSc Aquatic Science student Will “Wooly” West, were out over Easter. For a week they toured the back lanes of Norfolk to investigate 27 ponds, using fyke nets adapted from traditional methods of pond fishing.

The carp were weighed and their health assessed. Although no new populations were found, the colonies established earlier were all doing well.

The crucian carp is a rare fish in Europe and it is increasingly being recognized that England is an important place for its conservation.




Pulling the net in