York & North Yorkshire

Scarborough Sea Cut crayfish moved for weir repairs

White-clawed crayfish from Bill Oddie Goes Wild
Image caption White-clawed crayfish are a protected species

A colony of about 100 protected native crayfish is to be moved from a canal to allow the water to be drained during repairs to a nearby weir.

The Environment Agency is moving the native crayfish and fish from the Sea Cut, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

Part of the cut, built after a flood in 1799, is to be drained before repairing cracks in Lower Newby weir.

Trout, eels and the endangered white-clawed crayfish are to be returned in August after repairs are finished.

Cages are to be used to catch the crayfish before electricity is used to stun the fish for collection, the agency said.

White-clawed crayfish are Britain's only native freshwater crayfish and are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981.

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