PiP came 1st in the 'Partnership & Multiple Benefit Project' category of the 2017 UK River Prize & Nigel Holmes Trophy. Visit the RRC website to learn more about the prize and to read about the other finalists.
As part of the Pearls in Peril project, the Ness and Beauly Fisheries Trust have managed to successfully encyst a number of young salmon and trout with juvenile mussels. Go to the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board Facebook page to find out more.
This is the first in a series of talks to be hosted by the West Cumbria Rivers Trust. The talk is by Ian Winfield from the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology on “The fall and rise of Vendace in Bassenthwaite Lake”. This rare and special species of fish was thought to be extinct until its recent reappearance.
Pupils from Braemar Primary School planted trees at a tributary of the River Dee. They planted rowan and hazel on the Invercauld Estate during a day led by The River Dee Trust. Read their story at the Woodland Trust website .
See the third and final short video highlighting Pearls in Peril project work on the River Ehen. It can be viewed @MoTheMussel or by going to the West Cumbria Rivers Trust website where you can view all 3 enjoyable clips.
This IUCN NCUK-commissioned report describes the importance of rivers in the UK and Ireland for nature conservation, summarises the damage that rivers have sustained and discusses ways to restore habitats for the benefit of wildlife and human society.
"Ritchie is a Glaswegian chancer with low hopes and no prospects. Disillusioned with city life, he goes undercover at a Highland conservation centre to make his fortune as an illegal pearl fisher with the help of his two hapless and accident prone mates, Danny and Fraser.
LIFE NATURE has granted the ‘Pearls in Peril’ (PIP) project a six month extension and we will now continue to 2nd March 2017. PIP has been busy completing all our project actions across sites in Scotland, England and Wales and now has the opportunity to do a bit more.
The River Dee Special Area of Conservation (SAC) holds important populations of freshwater pearl mussel and Atlantic salmon. The conservation status of freshwater pearl mussel populations within the river has been assessed as ‘unfavourable, no change’ by SNH.