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Freshwater pearl mussels on the river bed
Freshwater pearl mussels on the river bed

Find out more about freshwater pearl mussels and wildlife crime

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See the third and final short video highlighting Pearls in Peril project work on the River Ehen.  It can be viewed

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This IUCN NCUK-commissioned report describes the importance of rivers in the UK and Ireland

'Scottish Mussel' promo image

"Ritchie is a Glaswegian chancer with low hopes and no prospects.


Freshwater pearl mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera)  live 'hidden' in cold, fast flowing rivers, yet this species is embedded in our history, culture and biodiversity. Pearls in Peril (LIFE+Nature) is an exciting nationwide project that will act to secure the future of this critically endangered species.  Read more...