Chris Packham’s Bioblitz comes to the River Lab, and BUG was on the fish trail

Jul 23, 2018

BUG’s Adrian Pinder and Andy Harrison spent a sunny day at the River Laboratory in East Stoke on the River Frome, attempting to record as many fish species as possible for Chris Packham’s UK Bioblitz.

A total of 14 fish species were recorded on the day using a variety of direct capture and observational methods, and Adrian and Andy were able to discuss many fish conservation issues with Chris and the Bioblitz team. Below are a selection of photos from a very successful day.

 

BUG’s Adrian Pinder and Andy Harrison were assisted by Jessica Marsh and Emma Smart. We used many different techniques on the day to record as many fish species as possible.

 

Adrian Pinder and Andy Harrison show some of the catch to Chris Packham

 

Electric fishing was just one of a number of direct capture and indirect observational methods used on the day

 

The critically endangered European eel was of particular interest. Here, Andy Harrison discusses their plight for the camera with Chris Packham

 

It’s not every day that fish surveys command such media attention!

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