Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Help Track Invasion Of Chinese Mitten Crabs

Chinese mitten crabs are one of the world's most invasive species and scientists are asking the public to help discover how widespread they are in the UK by taking part in the Mitten Crab Recording Project. The crabs are about the size of a dinner plate with the large furry front claws that give them their name. They can cause immense damage to river banks, block water systems, damage fishing gear and compete with our native species for food and habitat. First seen in Britain in 1935 they are now established in the Thames, Medway, Ouse Washes, Humber and the Dee Estuary.
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