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Endangered crayfish and trout rescued after tractor spills fertiliser into River Witham near Grantham

More than 500 fish and nearly 200 protected crayfish have been rescued and moved to safety after pollution in a Lincolnshire river put them at risk.

The white-clawed crayfish – a protected native species under threat across the country – were saved by Environment Agency ecologists and transported to safe locations where their populations can re-establish out of harm’s way.

Fast-acting fisheries experts also recovered wild brown trout, bullhead, and coarse fish, moving them away from the pollution and downstream to safety while clean-up efforts got underway.

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