Wels Catfish

Silurus Glanis

Description:
Wels Catfish
Facts:

First introduced in Woburn Abbey lake by the Duke of Bedford in 1880 it has spread to a large number of lakes and stillwaters in the southern part of Britain. It is also found in some river systems.It has been captured at weights of over 60lb and has the potential to grow much larger as specimens in Russia have been captured up to 700lb in weight. The long term effects of these large predators is unknown at present.

Introduced:

1853
Origin:
Mainland Europe
Location:
Mainly Stillwaters in the South of the UK
Status:
Steadily increasing with assistance.
Problems:
Comments:
Will take wildfowl and small mammals as well as fish although the long term impact is unknown.