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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map