Return of the Lamprey

  The last month has seen two of our Riverfly Partnership monitors coming to us with a strange finding – lamprey larvae (or ‘ammocoetes’ as they are also known). One of the most primitive vertebrates alive today, lampreys are fascinating parasitic fish that are jawless and attach themselves to other fish to feed on blood…

Cleveland Lido fish rescue

Last week BART worked with Westcountry Rivers Trust to conduct a fish rescue on Cleveland Lido in Bath. The lido, which is the oldest of its kind in the UK, is being restored following its closure in 1984. More information on the lido can be found here: https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/uk%E2%80%99s-oldest-public-open-air-pools-reopen-thanks-heritage Around 600 fish were removed by electrofishing and taken to a new donor…

Bristol Avon Water Blitz

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Bristol Avon Water Blitz as part of the Festival of Nature 2016. Phosphate and nitrate samples were taken all over the catchment to assess water quality and you can see the results here: https://freshwaterwatch.thewaterhub.org/content/bristol-avon-water-blitz