White-clawed crayfish were once widespread in the UK, but populations have dramatically declined over the last 30 years due to disease and the invasion of non-native crayfish species. They are now protected under the Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act and are classed as an endangered species by the IUCN. As such, it is illegal to disturb, take, harm, sell or buy them without an appropriate licence.
Have you been asked to undertake a white-clawed crayfish survey?
Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs; also known as Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys) identify if there is potential within a water body for white-clawed crayfish, and may recommend further surveys for white-clawed crayfish.
At Acer Ecology, our ecologists can undertake both PEAs and surveys for white-clawed crayfish. We have undertaken surveys in and around Worcestershire, such as Kidderminster, Redditch, Malvern, Bewdley, Pershore, Tenbury Wells and Upton-upon-Severn. We also have the capacity to service the surrounding counties of West Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire and Bristol.
If you would like to discuss White-Clawed Crayfish Surveys with us, or find out more information of our other ecological services, please contact Acer Ecology on 02920 650 331, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.