Bleak - Alburnus alburnus


This small fish has bright silvery sides, a small head and a very large eye compared to its size. It has a forked tail and can be distinctly identified by a keeled belly and an upturned mouth with a protruding lower jaw.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Rivers, or in canals close to the confluence with a river.

When to see it

All year round, but especially in warmer months.

Life History

Live in shoals and are primarily surface feeders. Life span three to five years.

UK Status

Widespread and frequent in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland in suitable watercourses.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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