Pilchards (also known as Cornish Sardines) are silver with a dark back and tail. The tail has a deep fork.

Length is 20-25cm

Order – Clupeiformes
Latin Name – Sardina pilchardus
Family – Clupeidae

Pilchards tend to swim in shoals around the coastline. The shoals can be quite large at times. They will come near the surface at night but usually go deeper during the daytime

Pilchards are a really good eating fish, being versatile and full of minerals and vitamins. They are great grilled, smoked or used in any recipe for oily fish like mackerel.

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