A wine company has joined forces with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to aid the white-clawed crayfish.
The partnership with Candover Valley Wines will see the trust receive 50p from every bottle of Candover Brook sold via the company’s website or within a 15-mile radius of its vineyard near Alresford to support the trust’s work to boost numbers of Britain’s only native crayfish species.
Last year the trust, working with Bristol Zoological Society, released 200 white-clawed crayfish into a safe section of the River Itchen’s upper reaches.
It has also implemented a white-clawed crayfish project which involves creating arcs in river headwaters, lakes and ponds which can support healthy, self-sustaining populations of crayfish.
The wine is named after the chalk stream Candover Brook, one of the homes of the white-clawed crayfish. The stream and the crayfish feature on the wine bottle label.
The partnership was cemented at a Candover Brook and canapés evening in the vineyard last Thursday.
Those attending included the trust’s chief executive Debbie Tann, its principal ecologist Dr Ben Rushbrook, and Candover Valley Wines founders Mark and Julian Sainsbury.