Friday, 19 June 2015
30 Days Wild - Day 19 - Wild swimming
Wild swimming was my Random Act of Wildness for Day 19 of 30 Days Wild.
(Slightly cheating because it was yesterday evening)
This has got to be one of the most fun acts I've done this month so far.
As a family we wild swim quite often, either in this lake, in the local river or in the sea.
You must always have an adult with you and make sure the place is safe.
This lake has a proper roped off area for swimming and both my mum and sister are trained in lifesaving.
We took the under water camera and managed to get a couple of films of the crayfish.
Last year you could see lots of crayfish especially as it got dark when they came into the shallow areas, but last night there were only 2 or 3 in the swimming area.
These are Signal crayfish which come from North America. They grow up to 12cm (female) or 16cm (male) and compete with our native White-clawed crayfish.
The Signal crayfish also carries Crayfish plague and they are a lot more aggressive than the White-clawed crayfish.
They eat fish eggs, tadpoles, small fish and vegetation.