Fish rescue carried out after part of Peak District river dries up

Fish left stranded after parts of a Peak District river dried up have been rescued.

Environment Agency officers moved the brown trout downstream from a section of the River Lathkill near Bakewell, which is prone to drying up during prolonged periods without rain.

Though there was significant rainfall in February, May was the driest since records began with only 11 per cent of the average for the month.

One of the brown trout that had become stranded when part of the river dried up Credit: Environment Agency

Matt Buck, fisheries technical specialist with the Environment Agency, said:

Anyone enjoying local beauty spots are being encouraged to report environmental incidents. Fish can often be seen gasping for air when the water becomes too warm making it difficult for the to breath. If anyone sees fish in distress they are urged to contact the Environment Agency's incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.