Brett Westwood uncovers our long and fascinating relationship with eels via a festival in the Isle of Eels, a river bank in Dorset and a pie and mash shop in London.
We have been catching and eating them for centuries; jellied, smoked or stewed and yet there is still much we don't know about the life of an eel as Brett Westwood discovers when he joins a traditional eel fisherman on the banks of a river in Dorset and learns about bobs and worms. Eel skins were once worn as wedding rings and their heads used as finger puppets in Ely, otherwise known as the Isle of Eels which today holds an annual festival to celebrate all things 'eel' from a giant eel paraded through the streets to the World Eel throwing competition! Producer Sarah Blunt.
During his career, he has led a number of large field-based projects; two focused on uncovering the mysteries of migration in cod and European eel. David is a former associate editor of the Journal of Marine Biology and is currently a trustee of the Buckland Foundation.