The rivers and streams around Somerset abound with life. Not all the creatures are indigenous to the area, some have escaped or been introduced on purpose.
The signal crayfish now lives in many streams in the area. They destroy the banks by burrowing into them and eat much of the wildlife so the native species can no longer compete – much like the grey squirrel.
Signal crayfish are easy to catch – long string, piece of meat, weight – just like crabbing!
In the summer we went in search of these little creatures. On close examination, a local stream was teaming with them. In under an hour, we caught between 15 and 20 of them. Some were quite sizeable, but not as big as the ones that got away!