Thank fully most fish species have faired well, with Rudd numbers only slightly lower than normal and Tench recorded for the first time in the Lake. Unfortunately Common Eel numbers are very low and may require restocking. There are still several areas to net so Eels may be available to breeding birds in other areas of the Reserve.
We regularly check our section of the river and a short way upstream to recover and remove these mats where possible. This helps to minimise Pennywort build up along this section of the river and should help to prevent re-colonisation of the New Cut channel next year if the Water Buffalo manage to eradicate it.
Reserves Manager at the Kingfishers Bridge wetland creation project in Cambridgeshire.