Crayfish for Professionals

White-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes)

White-clawed crayfish populations across the UK are threatened. Action is needed to prevent the extinction of this species and ensure it has a sustainable future.

This section guides you through materials and methods to facilitate effective identification, surveying and management of White-clawed crayfish and non-native species in the UK, as well as the legislation and licencing that informs all aspects of crayfish survey and management.

Here you can also find a list of scientific papers, articles and documents covering crayfish ecology, management techniques, monitoring and control methods.

This includes a comprehensive list of crayfish resources, such as a bibliography, Crayfish research projects and Journals and documents on White-clawed crayfish surveying, guidance on works affecting White-clawed crayfish, guidance on the management of habitats to conserve crayfish and information about establishing Ark sites. Also available here is Ark site guidance for the aggregates industry and Buglife’s own White-clawed crayfish species habitat management sheet.

Also available is a selection of conference materials containing an array of research, management strategies and discussion on the future of crayfish in the UK and Europe, all within our Crayfish Ecology and Survey document.

Here you will find a comprehensive list of papers and journals from researchers, ecologists and conservation managers covering a wide variety of subjects, concerning native and non-native crayfish in the UK and Europe.

For more information on crayfish projects throughout the UK, by Buglife and other organisations, follow the link to our Crayfish Projects Near You page.

You can also catch up with the latest news and views concerning crayfish on our Twitter account @crayfish_uk. You can also send questions to our resident Crayfish team or post interesting links you find yourself!

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