Eels given a lift over River Cuckmere

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EELS HAVE BEEN given a chance to thrive after a water company set up a special ‘eel pass’ to help them slip over the large concrete structure on the River Cuckmere at Arlington.

South East Water fitted the metal gutter filled with tightly packed bristles for the eels to cling onto so that young eels, known as elvers, can migrate more easily from the sea and up the river.

The measure was taken as the species are the fastest declining vertebrate so the water company teamed up with the Environment Agency to install the special weir walkway.

Number of eels have fallen by 70 per cent in England and Wales and they are listed as a priority species in the UK’s national Biodiversity Action Plan.

For the full story read this week’s Sussex Express.