Perch - Perca fluviatilis

Alternative names
European Perch

Perch are greenish with red pelvic, anal and caudal fins. They have five to nine dark vertical bars on their sides.

Identification difficulty

Still and moving freshwater habitats.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

They are a predatory species that will take small fish as well as worms and small insects.

UK Status

Widespread and common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. Found in larger rivers (including the western Sence, Soar, Wreake), also canals (notably the Grand Union) and lakes.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map