Spey at Boat of Garten

Spey at Boat of Garten

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Cairngorms National Park Authority have been working to halt a dramatic 50% decline in the freshwater pearl mussel population in the River Spey.

Scotland has many of the world's most important remaining populations of the globally-rare freshwater pearl mussels. However, there's been a sharp decline in their numbers, collectively attributed to the plant water crowfoot (an aquatic member of the buttercup family that grows in mats on the water surface), illegal pearl fishing, water quality, flow rates and fluctuating water levels. High levels of freshwater pearl mussels indicate that the water is of good quality, which benefits people, species and plants.

SEPA - river basin planning

SNH press release December 2014

Freshwater pearl mussels
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Spey at Boat of Garten

Spey at Boat of Garten

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Cairngorms National Park Authority have been working to halt a dramatic 50% decline in the freshwater pearl mussel population in the River Spey.

Scotland has many of the world's most important remaining populations of the globally-rare freshwater pearl mussels. However, there's been a sharp decline in their numbers, collectively attributed to the plant water crowfoot (an aquatic member of the buttercup family that grows in mats on the water surface), illegal pearl fishing, water quality, flow rates and fluctuating water levels. High levels of freshwater pearl mussels indicate that the water is of good quality, which benefits people, species and plants.

SEPA - river basin planning

SNH press release December 2014

Freshwater pearl mussels
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Date:
Location:
Photographer: