Believe it or not, the River Dee Trust aims to do just that. Safeguard the River Dee's future by restoring the Freshwater Pearl Mussel population and consequently re-establishing Scotland as a stronghold for the species. That extra bit of 'mussel,' will also be of significant interest to anglers because the work will also protect Atlantic Salmon which makes a significant contribution to the Scottish Economy. The BBC's environment correspondent, David Miller recently reported on the move to protect the Pearl Mussel.
|Freshwater Pearl Mussel|
|Paul Devlin & Dee Trust's Ken Reid|
The LIFE project will deliver £2.6 million of work which will include riparian (the banks of a natural course of water) tree planting in the Upper Dee catchment to alleviate future increases in water temperature that will arise as a consequence of global warming. The funding will also help the creation of buffer strips along 45km of tributaries in the middle Dee which will decrease diffuse pollution even more. By restoring the riparian zone, and creating the buffers, this will reduce pollution and bank erosion which will increase the Dee's water quality, effectively benefiting the river's population of Pearl Mussels and Salmon.
|The River Dee|