Abramis brama


The common bream is a medium-sized fish and a member of the carp family, with the typical carp shape. It is a bottom-feeding fish that preys on worms, snails and pea mussels. It lives in large ponds, lakes and slow-moving rivers where it congregates in quite large shoals.

How to identify

The common bream is a deep-bodied fish, bronze in colour with dark brown fins and a deeply forked tail. Juveniles are silvery in colour.

Where to find it

Found throughout the lowlands, widespread in England but rarer in Wales and Scotland.

When to find it

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How can people help

To help to look after common bream and other fish species, The Wildlife Trusts work with landowners, statutory bodies, water companies and other organisations to help manage river and wetland habitats sympathetically. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Abramis brama
Freshwater fish
Length: 30-40cm Weight: 1.3-1.8kg Average Lifespan: 15-20 years
Conservation status