Tench - Tinca tinca


Tench vary from bronze through olive green to almost black, depending upon habitat.

Identification difficulty

Ponds, canals and slow flowing rivers with muddy beds and plenty of weed are ideal habitat for Tench.

When to see it

These are warm weather fish and in winter they tend to become dormant.

Life History

Tench do not usually live as long as carp and they tend to grow more slowly, but specimens more than ten years old are quite common. They feed almost exclusively in the sediment, taking chironomid larvae, worms and other mud-dwelling creatures.

UK Status

Common and widespread in England, less records from elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Records are quite frequent but scattered in Leicestershire and Rutland coming mainly from larger rivers, including the lower Soar; apparently well represented (though under recorded) in lakes within VC55. Tench have also been noted in Kirby Muxloe Castle moat.

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

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