Case study:Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project
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|Project web site|
|Themes||Environmental flows and water resources, Fisheries, Habitat and biodiversity, Hydromorphology, Monitoring, Water quality|
|Country||England, Scotland, Wales|
|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/|
| This is a parent project
encompassing the following
|Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project - Afon Eden, Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project - Mingary Burn, Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project - River Borgie, Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project - River Dee, Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project - River Ehen, Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project - River Evelix, Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project - River Naver, Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project - River Oykel, Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project - River South Esk, Pearls in Peril LIFE+ GB Project - River Spey|
'Pearls in Peril' is a LIFE + NATURE project co-funded by 22 organisations across Scotland, England and Wales. This exciting nationwide project will act to safeguard important populations of freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera).
The project spans four years from 2012 to 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 (salmon and trout); - 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 and some of these actions include: - Restore and improve riparian habitat by planting native trees and fencing riverbanks; - Pearls In The Classroom - an education programme to raise awareness of the freshwater pearl mussel amongst children; - Reduce diffuse pollution by ditch blocking, creating buffer strips and wetlands; - Employ a riverwatch scheme to reduce the risk from wildlife crime; - Encyst juvenile salmon with local pearl mussel larvae; - Monitor water quality, habitat restoration, pearl mussel populations and host salmonids; and - Raise 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.
Monitoring surveys and results
Monitor water quality, habitat restoration, pearl mussel populations and host salmonids
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