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Since we stopped people and their dogs coming down to the lake , the wildlife seems to have returned.  Some welcome others less so.  I was walking quietly around the lake when I saw this movement in the pool where the water exits the lake and enters the chalk stream.  The wind was blowing in his direction (sorry if I misgendered him!) but he did not seem that bothered by me.

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B3F7826E-2957-4821-AE1C-6BA95489D664.thumb.jpeg.62ad616c6220f23ca52b5664eb8f0f9d.jpegA1EB109D-EC60-4988-AE82-24D024750CF8.thumb.jpeg.1f1ac9781e501af5b7b08559349b1895.jpegAlso we came across this big boy, a Signal Crayfish, again not that welcome but perhaps the Mink was after them

That one was more than the width of my outstretched hand at about 9 inches.

Would one that big be able to fend off a Mink with its huge pincers or are Mink too fearless and strong?

 

 

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Nobody has said. 
I know you needed a licence to catch them. Said to be as difficult to find as rocking horse flop.

 

Then if a fisherman landed one they had to kill it or face the chance a ministry fine if found out.

 

It seemed a waste. They were so prolific and looked like langoustines  you'd have thought they could have been managed and harvested to a respectable level.   

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