Vobster has been home to the white clawed crayfish for over 10 years now. Originally introduced as part of an ark site programme, they have bred successfully and flourished. We would like your help in finding out where they now live and this is the perfect time of year.
Autumn is the time when crayfish are out and about before the hunker down for winter. It's also mating season - the females incubate the eggs on their bodies in burrows before hatching in the spring.
Evening is the best time of day and with dusk now in the late afternoon, this works perfectly with being able to dive until 8pm four days per week. You can find the crayfish towards the east end on the south slop, usually from 15m to the surface. If you find some, we would love to know where and how many. A photo or a short bit of video would be ideal, but please, no touching and be respectful with your super bright dive and video lights. You have until the end of October before our hours change back and night diving is no longer possible, but that's also usually the end of the crayfish spotting season too.
Please contact us
stating the time, date, depth and location you spotted the crayfish. - it will all be collated and give us a clearer picture on the success of the Vobster Ark. If you have video, please send it via dropbox, or similar.
Any questions, please just ask and thanks for your efforts. We are privileged to have an incredible window into the underwater world and can repay a small measure of that with conservation efforts.
Thanks to Kenrina Maidment and John Price for their excellent photos.
For more information on our white clawed-crayfish and the challenges they face, visit the white-clawed crayfish page.