More muscles to help save our area’s freshwater mussels

THE Pearls in Peril project has been busy this summer. The project is looking to protect the fresh water mussels in the River Ehen. It has planted an astonishing 5,000 trees to help with […]

THE Pearls in Peril project has been busy this summer.

The project is looking to protect the fresh water mussels in the River Ehen. It has planted an astonishing 5,000 trees to help with the task, as well as erecting 2.5km of riverside fencing. (Fencing has been shown to slow down erosion and damage to the river from animals and humans.)

There has also been much coppicing and the removal of 60 tonnes of rubble. The project also has an educational role and recently welcomed 26 pupils from Seascale School to Ennerdale to explain what the PiP is all about. They even helped plant some more trees. One of the students, Jess Autie, won an award for her environmental fundraising and wanted to spend some of the money on the Pip project. There have also been a couple of conservation days with local volunteers from Wild Ennerdale and apprentices from Lake District National Park and Eden Rivers Trust. The Pip is co-ordinated by West Cumbria Rivers Trust, which “strivesto restore and enhance the value of rivers, lakes, estuaries and surrounding countryside throughout West Cumbria, for the benefit of people and wildlife”. You can find out more by visiting their website:

http://westcumbriariverstrust.org/ and you can sign up for a regular email newsletter informing you about their work and opportunities to help out by volunteering.