Wildlife

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The River Mease is home to important species

The River Mease and Lower Gilwiskaw Brook were designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and subsequently a Special Area of Conservation (SAC)because the River Mease represents one of the best examples of an unspoilt meandering lowland river, which supports characteristic habitats and species.

The SSSI/SAC was designated for its populations of spined loach and bullhead, two notable species of native freshwater fish that have a restricted distribution in England.

The river also support populations of white-clawed crayfish, otter and a range of river plants such as water crowfoot.

We have a responsibility to protect our countryside now and for future generations. Please do not disturb the animals, birds, plants or trees in the area.