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What next for White-Clawed Crayfish conservation in England?

The White-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) is the only species of crayfish native to the UK, it is one of our largest, most legally protected and culturally significant invertebrates. The species has declined dramatically throughout much of its UK range since the 1970s, in particular due to introductions of invasive non-native crayfish species and associated pathogens. Habitat degradation, pollution and changes to water quality have also contributed to the species' decline.…

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