Fish take refuge in Christmas trees

FISH in Rickmansworth are taking refuge in discarded Christmas trees as part of a new environmental initiative.

The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) has been using the trees to make reefs for fish in Stockers Lake nature reserve. Based on an idea first tested by the US Army, the wildlife trust drills holes in the trunks and wires four or five to a heavy base, before lowering them into the lakes.

Fish are an integral part of the ecology of Stockers Lake reserve and provide food for many species of birds.

The dense tangle of branches and twigs created below the water gives cover for fish.

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