Thames Water has confirmed the discovery of the invasive species Dikerogammarus haemobaphes, commonly known as the Demon Shrimp, in Farmoor Reservoir near Oxford. Whilst not as aggressive as its cousin the Killer Shrimp, it does do nasty things to native species and if left uncontrolled could affect the bio-diversity of our waters.
Members are asked to be vigilant and aware of such threats and to follow the Check Clean Dry process to control the spread of invasive species. In particular those members visiting events in the Severn and Trent catchment areas, the middle reaches of the Thames, and on the Grand Union and Kennet and Avon Canals are asked to be extra vigilant before bringing boats, clothing and equipment back to Island Barn.
For more info on these pesky blighters visit the Non Native Species Secretariat website