Look out for crayfish

RARE crayfish could be the latest victims of the Morpeth flood.

River Warden Brian Parker says the native white-clawed crayfish in the River Wansbeck may have become stranded in pools as the floodwater retreated.

And he has urged people to put them back in the river if they come across any of the species.

People should lift them up and take them to the water’s edge, enabling them to find their way back.

The Wansbeck crayfish are internationally important as the population has been wiped out in many areas due to the spread of American signal crayfish, and Morpeth is one of the last strongholds of the species.