Common Bream - Abramis brama

    Alt Name

    A fairly large, deep-bodied, rather diamond shaped fish with dark bronze back, bronze flanks and dark fins. Young can be confused with silver bream (Blicca bjoerkna), also readily hybridises with Roach.

    Identification difficulty

    Inhabits slow flowing rivers, canals and lakes with plenty of insects larvae, worms and molluscs.

    When to see it

    All year but most often encountered in the warmer months.

    Life History

    The Bream is a bottom feeder. It may live for 20 years.

    UK Status

    Widespread in lowland areas of England.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There are scattered records from the larger rivers (Soar, Wreake, Gwash) and from stillwaters and the Grand Union Canal

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map