Case study:Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project - River Spey
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- 1 Project overview
- 2 Image gallery
- 3 Catchment and subcatchment
- 4 Site
- 5 Project background
- 6 Reasons for river restoration
- 7 Measures
- 8 Monitoring
- 9 Additional documents and videos
- 10 Additional links and references
- 11 Supplementary Information
|Project web site||http://www.pearlsinperil.org.uk/|
|Themes||Environmental flows and water resources, Fisheries, Habitat and biodiversity, Hydromorphology, Land use management - agriculture, Land use management - forestry, Monitoring, Water quality|
|Main contact forename||Jackie|
|Main contact surname||Webley|
|Main contact user ID|
|Contact organisation||Scottish Natural Heritage|
|Contact organisation web site||http://www.snh.gov.uk/|
|Partner organisations||RAFTS, Forestry Commission|
|Parent multi-site project|
| This is a parent project
encompassing the following
What’s important about PIP?
Who we are……
What are our aims.....
1. To RESTORE the habitat of freshwater pearl mussels and salmonids in selected river catchments within Great Britain.
2. To SECURE the long term survival of existing freshwater pearl mussel populations and prevent their further degradation.
What are we doing to RESTORE habitat......
We are promoting and facilitating the use of suitable agri-environment schemes by land managers and are using these schemes to implement riparian tree planting and the fencing of river banks to improve bank stability and reduce silt input to the water course.
Sites have been identified for in stream restoration that will most benefit pearl mussels and salmonids (Atlantic salmon and trout). This involves seeding river beds with gravel and removing artificial river structures such as croys and weirs to reinstate river bed habitat for juvenile mussels and fish.
In areas where commercial forestry takes place, and which was planted prior to the use of current good practice guidance, silt run-off can cause significant damage to potential freshwater pearl mussel and salmonid habitat. Riparian tree planting using native broadleaves will occur and man-made drainage ditches will be blocked to reduce silt and nutrient run-off and improve water quality.
How do we SECURE the long term survival of freshwater pearl mussel.......
What tools are being used to COMMUNICATE........
A range of dissemination events will take place throughout the project. These will focus on different audiences and will raise awareness of the actions taken during the project and how they can be applied more widely.
It will include the delivery of presentations, seminars and interpretation material and the organising of a final project conference.
Monitoring work is being implemented to ensure the project delivers its expected results as well as adequately monitors the project impacts. Monitoring will include:
- water quality;
- freshwater pearl mussels;
- host salmonids; and
- levels of uptake and implementation of habitat restoration measures.
LIFE Administrative data:
Project reference LIFE11 NAT/UK/000383
Duration 03-SEP-2012 to 02-SEP -2016 Total budget 4,617,398.00 €
EU contribution 2,293,990.00 €
SPECIFIC PROJECT ACTIONS ON THE RIVER SPEY
- Facilitate and implement improved riparian habitat in the River Spey - 17.5km of riparian enhancements was carried out.
- Work with land managers to develop Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) riparian planting schemes on the River Spey.
- Monitor changes in pearl mussel and salmonid populations. Pearl mussels are very slow-growing. It is not expected that statistically significant increases in pearl mussel populations will be seen during the short life-time of this project. However, a number of 'proxy' measures will be used to ascertain whether conditions have improved for pearl mussels. Some baseline monitoring of mussel populations will take place, to ensure that meaningful comparisons can be made with data gathered in the future and to ensure that actions are properly targeted. Salmonids are much shorter-lived and their numbers can be expected to respond much more quickly to improvements in habitat conditions. Monitoring of freshwater pearl mussel and salmonid populations will take place prior to the implementation of the conservation actions. Repeat monitoring of salmonid populations will take place after the conservation actions to establish the extent of improvement.
Monitoring surveys and results
Catchment and subcatchment
Cost for project phases
Reasons for river restoration
Hydromorphological quality elements
Biological quality elements
Physico-chemical quality elements
Additional documents and videos