The Telegraph Reports: Lampreys, the fish said to have been responsible for the death of King Henry I, are staging a resurgence in English rivers where they have not been seen since the 1800s.
The snake-like creatures, long regarded as a royal delicacy, were virtually wiped out in English rivers as a result of pollution and the construction of weirs and other obstacles that prevented them reaching their spawning grounds upstream.
Simon Toms, fisheries expert at the Environment Agency, said: “Now that water quality has improved and some of these barriers have been removed we are seeing lampreys return to the upper reaches of rivers such as the Ouse, Trent, and Derwent, where they were absent as recently as 30 years ago.
“These are fascinating fish, living fossils, that have a special place in the history and traditions of this country, and we hope that with a helping hand from us they will be able to thrive in England’s rivers once again.”
My comment: Wild swimmers have a special place in the history and traditions of this country. With a helping hand from the Enviroment Agency barriers could be removed and swimmers would be able to thrive in England’s rivers once again!