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'Locally extinct' fishes found in lake

Two adult vendace were spotted during the annual fish survey of Bassenthwaite Lake. Credit: ITV Border

Britain's rarest freshwater fish is returning to Cumbria, more than a decade after being declared 'locally extinct'.

Two adult vendace were spotted during the annual fish survey of Bassenthwaite Lake. It's an improvement on last year's survey, which found a single young vendace.

'Hedgehogs' help provide refuge for Cumbria's fish stocks

Fish experts are concerned that stocks of our native species are declining in Cumbria's famous lakes - so the Environment Agency is trying a novel approach to protect them.

Protective shelters have been installed in Bassenthwaite Lake to help fish evade predators.

Patrol officers will use a remote controlled boat to help them check the shelters.

Matthew Taylor went to find out more.

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Hedgehog refuges used for first time in north of England

The 'hedgehog' equipment bringing a boost to the fish stocks in the lake Credit: ITV News

The refuges protect growing fish from predators and will help the fish stocks in the area to increase.

It is the first time equipment like this has been used in the north of England.

Andrew Booth from the Environment Agency prepares to head out on a survey boat Credit: ITV News

How hedgehog homes are helping fish stocks

The Environment Agency is revisiting a Cumbrian lake where hedgehog shaped refuges were installed last year to help protect fish stocks.

Bassenthwaite is the first English lake to use the spiky constructions which provide shelter and a safe haven from predators.

A remote control boat will help monitor how well they are working.