More pond wildlife in the news today

Another exiting freshwater find today: this time it’s new pond sites for the extremely endangered Tadpole Shrimp (Triops cancriformis).

Until today’s reports this animal was known only in the New Forest in two, or perhaps three, ponds, and along the Solway coast in one single pond.

It’s survival in the UK is remarkable – not least because one of its sites is within 2 m (yes 2 m) of a road.

I’ve featured the Solway site before, which was originally discovered by the staff of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.

Now there are reports of two new sites, also on the Solway – covered by the BBC here, the Guardian here and the Mail.

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