A fish that breeds only in the UK in the River Tamar is the star of a children’s book being published by Natural England on World Ocean Day.
Allis the Shad Who Wouldn’t Give Up is an illustrated rhyming story following the life journey of the rare Allis shad; from the tranquil River Tamar to the underwater wonders of Plymouth Sound and the sea beyond – and back again.
The book’s author, Angela Gall, a Senior Marine Adviser in Natural England’s Devon, Cornwall, and Isles of Scilly Area Team, said: “I have worked on the Tamar Estuary for many years and have been longing to share the amazing story of the iconic Allis shad.
“They are a flagship species for Plymouth and the Tamar, and I believe everyone in this area should feel a sense of pride in them and that by helping this species we can help the whole ecosystem to recover.”
Allis shad were once widespread and widely eaten but these days they are threatened throughout western Europe and are now known to only breed in the Tamar.
Proceeds from sales of the book will go to the charity Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) to support their conservation work on the Tamar and other local rivers.
Communications lead at WRT Josie Purcell said: “This book is a delightful way to celebrate these fish and help educate youngsters of the importance in taking care of freshwater habitats for all who depend on them.
“Well done to Angela and Sarah for creating such a vibrant story about this incredible fish and to Natural England for donating the book sales to our charity.”
The intricate and colourful illustrations are by Sarah Gledhill, a UK based illustrator whose artwork details local scenes and an array of wildlife for children to spot.
Natural England will be joining WRT’s summer Bring Rivers to You event on World Ocean Day on Thursday 8 June at Plymouth Hoe between 10am and 2pm to showcase the book.
To purchase a copy, visit: Allis The Shad Who Wouldn’t Give Up – Westcountry Rivers Trust (wrt.org.uk)
Got a news story, blog or press release that you’d like to share or want to advertise with us? Contact us