Santa Claws on Hampstead Heath?

By Charlie Beckett

December 29, 2011

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Category: Swim

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Proof that it really is nippy in the Men’s Ponds.

I assume these remains found on the jetty of the Men’s Pond today are of the invasive American crayfish rather than the native version,¬†Austropotamobius pallipes.

These beasts have struck out at swimmers in the past, but this one appears to have been a meal for one of the gulls. Or perhaps someone’s been picnicking?

Environmentalist George Monbiot had a brilliant idea for hunting these creatures with bicycle wheels. Not only would it keep a pest down but provide rather splendid fare.

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