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English crayfish claws back from the edge

Humanity is helping the native English crayfish make its last stand on one of the country's finest chalk streams - having caused the crustacean to be almost wiped out in the first place.

Trouble at the fish farm: where diversification has spelt disaster

Slow business and increased competition in the fish farming world has had a disasterous effect on one wild species. British crayfish have come under threat since farmers, in a move to diversify, started to breed signal, or American, crayfish.

Ivory Towers

Extracting the urine from temporarily blinded lobsters

LETTER:Saving small fry

From Mr Roger Holmes

LETTER: Little lobsters

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LETTER:Humane lobster

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LETTER: That's no way to treat a lobster

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Fishing Lines: Twin dangers of the crays

HYPER was the most boring pet I ever had. All he did was lurk under a rock and try to bite my fingers when I fed him. In the end I decided that even slugs would be better company, so I evicted him from the aquarium and chucked him in the Thames.

American rivals threaten crayfish

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Cuttings: Trees at stake

MODERN thinking on the staking of trees suggests the stake should not be so tall as to stop entirely the movement of the tree. The theory - and it works - is that the movement of the crown is transmitted to the roots and encourages them to develop more quickly, in order to provide adequate support. A stake about knee-high works perfectly on slender, feathered trees up to 6ft or 7ft tall. They learn to fend for themselves very quickly.

Poltergeists, virgins and falling crabs: Roger Tredre goes to a birthday party where the guests display encyclopaedic knowledge of some very strange subjects

MY FRIEND Mike used to spend his summer holidays by Loch Ness, looking for the monster. He lived on a diet of fried spam and got very wet, but every summer he would be back, echo-sounder at the ready. Curious really, because when pushed, he would admit that he was virtually convinced the monster did not exist.
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