I’m interested in going out to catch some Signal Crayfish. I’m based in Dorset, on the border with Hampshire. I’ve heard it’s a really good area for getting Crayfish but I need to know the exact location to find them so I can apply for a license from the environment agency (they need grid references).
So does anyone know any good locations for them in Dorset? Feel free to PM me if you’d rather not disclose that information publicly!!
Here in the UK most of our rivers and waterways have been taken over by the invasive American signal crayfish that has reach not far from plague status. The native white clawed crayfish has been decimated. The much larger American signal crayfish are far more aggressive and territorial, while also out competing the native species over food. There a major problem and have push our native species to the verge of extinction apart from a very few isolated brooks and streams in the far north of England and Scotland.
My question being are these the same species that you are catching Signal Crayfish, and when eating them are they similar to saltwater shrimp and prawn?.