Pearls in the Classroom

Children waving
Pearls in the classroom picture
Children in the classroom
Girl holding a pearl mussel
Pearls in the classroom material
children with a sample
juvenile salmon and FWPM

The aim of 'Pearls in the Classroom' was to raise awareness of freshwater pearl mussels with children in local catchments in Scotland, England and Wales, as well as to highlight the species’ important cultural history in Britain. We taught primary school children about its unusual lifecycle, its habitat requirements, and about threats to the species’ survival.

Pearls in the Classroom was delivered in the following river catchments:

Afon Eden, Ardnamurchan Burns, Abhain Clais an Eas and Allt a’Mhuillin, Ardvar and Loch a’Mhuilinn Woodlands, Foinaven, Glen Beasdale, Inverpolly, Mingarry Burn, North Harris, River Borgie, River Dee, River Ehen, River Evelix, River Kerry, River Moidart, River Moriston, River Naver, River Oykel, River South Esk and River Spey.

The programme included a range of activities, workbooks and presentations.