‘Pearls in Peril ‘- securing the future of the freshwater pearl mussel in Great Britain
‘Pearls in Peril’ is a LIFE+ NATURE project co-funded by 14 organisations across Scotland, England and Wales. This nationwide project will act to safeguard important populations of freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera). The project runs for four years, from September 2012 to September 2016. In that time, a wide range of conservation measures will be implemented in key river systems. The measures will aim to:
- RESTORE the habitat of freshwater pearl mussel and salmonids;
- SECURE the long term survival of existing freshwater pearl mussel populations; and COMMUNICATE with local, national and international audiences to raise awareness of freshwater pearl mussel conservation issues.
Best practice methods will be used to secure freshwater pearl mussel populations. These actions include:
- restoring and improving riparian habitat by planting native trees and fencing riverbanks;
- restoring in-stream habitat for freshwater pearl mussels;
- reducing diffuse pollution by ditch blocking, creating buffer strips and wetlands;
- encysting juvenile salmon with local pearl mussel larvae;
- monitoring habitat, water quality, and pearl mussel and host salmonid populations;
- employing a riverwatch scheme to reduce the risk from wildlife crime;
- delivering ‘Pearls In The Classroom’ – an education programme to raise awareness of the freshwater pearl mussel amongst children; and
- raising awareness of freshwater pearl mussels and the project.
A total of 21 rivers across Britain will be involved, all of which are NATURA 2000 sites and are designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). In Scotland, these are the Rivers Dee, South Esk, Spey, Evelix, Naver, Borgie, Oykel, Fionaven, Abhainn Clais an Eas, Allt a’Mhuilinn, Ardvar & Loch a’Mhuilinn Woodlands, Inverpolly, Moidart, Kerry, Glen Beasdale, Ardnamurchan Burns, Rannoch Moor, North Harris, Moriston and Mingarry Burn on Mull. In England the project will involve the River Ehen in Cumbria and, in Wales, the Afon Eden in Snowdonia. “Maggie , my story” is a booklet produced by the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Practical Measures Project (2013) in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Aimed at young readers, the booklet tells the story of Maggie the Mussel’s lifecycle, history and threats to her species’ survival. Read the booklet by clicking on the image below.
Pearl Mussel Activity Book – Maggie the Mussel
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PROJECT STAFFSteff Ferguson – Agricultural Project Officer (Based at River Dee Office – job share) River Office Mill of Dinnet Aboyne Aberdeenshire AB34 5LA Tel 013398 80411 Mob 07760 178264 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Flora Grigor-Taylor – Agricultural Project Officer (Based at River Dee Office – job share) River Office Mill of Dinnet Aboyne Aberdeenshire AB34 5LA Tel 013398 80411 Mob 07748 986612 Email email@example.com Lorna Wilkie – Project Officer (Scotland) RAFTS Suite 1F40, 2 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6JA Tel 0131 555 1158 Mob 07825 185178 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the project, please contact:
‘Pearls in Peril ‘- securing the future of the freshwater pearl mussel in Great Britain http://www.snh.gov.uk/protecting-scotlands-nature/protected-species/life-projects/pearls-in-peril/ LIFE11 NAT/UK/383