Threatened fish gets a new home

It’s good to see work by the Environment Agency to save one of our declining fish: the Arctic Charr, in Llyn Padarn in North Wales.

In Wales there are just three lakes with this trout-like fish which likes cold, clean water. Unfortunately for the charr, cold clean water is something which is becoming rarer in England and Wales as pollution puts paid to the clean bit of the equation and warmer weather does away with the cold bit – though we still have some in Scotland.

Llyn Padarn is polluted by the local sewage works so the Environment Agency is setting up an emergency reserve population of the fish in a nearby unpolluted lake.

Of course it would have been better if the lake hadn’t been damaged in the first place, and attempts have already been made to reduce the impact of the sewage works. But these seem not have solved the problem – indeed, projects to reduce lake pollution often have a chequered rate of success, and Llyn Padarn seems to fit this pattern.

More broadly it’s yet another example of how, even in apparently rural and quite wild places – in this case on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, water is affected by pollution. And because of this, Llyn Padarn is on the front line of the extinction crisis.

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2 Responses to “Threatened fish gets a new home”

  1. helen Says:

    I have two frogs mating in my pond in November! They have been ‘attached’ for at least a month and the frog underneath is very bloated and looks like the females look in spring! Never seen this before

  2. Jeremy Biggs Says:

    Hi Helen – Any pictures?

    Jeremy

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