New project to support native crayfish in the Blackdown Hills AONB

 In Culm Community Crayfish, Get involved, Nature & wildlife, Volunteering

Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership (AONB) is embarking on a new project which will help communities around the River Culm learn about, survey and look after the white clawed crayfish, which is the UK’s only native crayfish.

We very much welcome local people to get involved as we embark on this fascinating project. We aim, with the help of the local community, to gather important information about the fragile populations of the native white clawed crayfish, the non-native signal crayfish, and the diverse wildlife of the River Culm within the Blackdown Hills AONB.

The project will provide a wealth of opportunities for local people to be inspired and take action: by becoming volunteer crayfish surveyors, carrying out practical river conservation tasks, and attending events to learn about the river and its wildlife. The project will also develop a long-term community-based programme to conserve the river and its native crayfish.

A series of events will be held along the River Culm where anyone can come and find out more about the conservation of white-clawed crayfish and how they can play a part in its survival in the Blackdown Hills. The first event will be held at Culmstock Village Hall on Thursday 1 February 2018 – drop in any time from 3pm to 7pm.

The Culm Community Crayfish project has been launched thanks to support from the East Devon Catchment Partnership and a grant of £59,800 made possible by National Lottery players and awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF); along with financial contributions from the Environment Agency, Blackdown Hills AONB, local parish councils and Devon County Council.

For more information and to register your interest as a volunteer please email:


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