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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 32.1 October 2020

Thinking globally and acting locally for European Eels

By - Matthew Hatchwell

The European Eel has long been a part of local culture but despite this, previously little was understood about their lifecycle. Now, according to the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, the illegal trade of the European Eel is one of the biggest wildlife crimes in the world. In this article Matthew Hatchwell explores the history of the European Eel, their ecology, the threats that they face and what can be done to ensure their long-term survival. 

 

This story starts at a very particular moment: at two o’clock in the morning on Easter Sunday in 2019, when a colleague, Bob, and I stood rapt as we watched scores of translucent elvers arriving on a high spring tide. They were trying to cover the final metres of their marathon, 6,000km journey from the Sargasso Sea to the freshwater tributaries of the Thames Estuary.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist