Hedgehogs save fish in River Wear
Hedgehogs are coming to the rescue of fish in the River Wear through an innovative project being used for the first time in an English river.

We put 12 fish refuges, called hedgehogs, in the River Wear near Prebends Bridge to create safe places for the fish to hide from predators.

It's the first time the hedgehogs, designed and used widely in lakes in the USA, will be tried in a river in the UK.

The hedgehogs are named so because they are spikey, plastic balls, about one metre in diameter. When fastened on the river bed, they create a complex matrix of space that any size of fish can hide in, but the cormorants can’t swim through.
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