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Scottish Natural Heritage: Risks are "very small"

Scottish Natural Heritage have released a statement to ITV Border describing the risk of crayfish transfer to silage bales as "very small."

"It is the first time that we have come across reports of signal crayfish being transported in silage bales.

"Although it's feasible that crayfish might get caught up in the bales the risks of transfer of live crayfish between river catchments is very small."

– Spokesperson for Scottish Natural Heritage


Crisis meeting over North American crayfish

A meeting has been called to discuss the impact that North American crayfish are having on farms around Loch Ken.

The North American crayfish are having a detrimental effect on the area's biodiversity Credit: ITV News Border

The non-native species is causing problems in cattle feed and is said to have almost completely destroyed the biodiversity of the Loch.

Crayfish farms plan setback

Crayfish like this could be farmed in south west Scotland Credit: ITV Border

Plans to develop a commercial crayfish farm in south west Scotland have hit a setback.

Local people wanted to create the farm in Loch Ken.

But authorities are concerned it could see a spread of the crayfish.

Local councillor John Thom says a working group is now being set up to look at the development of the farm and how licences can be completed to ensure it can be opened.