Scientific name: Rutilus rutilus
Nature Stars: 40
About: A small to medium sized fish, 10-25cm. A member of the Carp family, with the typical carp shape. Found in large ponds, lakes and slow-flowing rivers. One of the commonest lake fish, where it often gathers in large shoals in shaded areas. Omnivorous, feeding on invertebrates, fish eggs, plants and seeds.
How to identify: A fairly deep bodied, silvery fish, with dark reddish-brown fins. Deeper bodied than both Chub and Dace. Rudd is a very similar species, hard to tell apart.
Where: Found throughout the lowlands, widespread in England but rarer in Wales and Scotland.
Fantastic fact: Roach is a favourite food for herons.
Photograph credit: Michel Roggo/naturepl