It is reported across the press today that thousands of a rare species of freshwater fish, the vendance, have been transported to new homes in cooler waters in the Lake District by Llamas.

I will admit to quickly checking my calendar just to make sure that April the 1st had actually passed us by.

In an Environment Agency led initiative 25,000 of the fish, which have been with us since the last ice age 13,000 years ago, were transported 500 metres up mountain paths to the  Cumbrian Sprinkling Tarn.

The move was made, said the agency, to protect this rare fish from the affects of climate change, which includes the threats of water warming, and increased floods and droughts.

Eggs were initially taken from Derwenter, thought to be the only place left where they can be found in England and Wales, and then hatched in a fishery near Dumfries.

The llamas were employed because of the extremely rugged terrain they had to traverse that would make the task of safely transporting such a fragile cargo almost impossible for a wheeled vehicle.

The fish will now be monitored to see if a self sustaunung population establishes itself.

These fish can also be found in Scotland, where it is also rare and is one of the few species of fish to have its own Species Action Plan.

This is not the first time they have been the subject of a change of residence. Fish were moved in the late 1990s from Bassenthwaite to Loch Skeen, where they thrived. But the Bassenthwaite stock disappeared in the mid 2000s. At that time the Environmental Agency put the cause down to predatory competition, agricultural run-off, sewage and sediment smothering eggs before they could hatch.

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