Common Bream - Abramis brama

Alternative names

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

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

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