Pearls in Peril
Pearls In Peril :
For the Dee, this EU LIFE project will deliver £2.6 million of work, including riparian tree planting in the Upper Dee catchment to alleviate the future increases in water temperature that will arise from global warning. Restoring the riparian zone will reduce diffuse pollution and bank erosion, providing benefits to pearl mussels and salmon, as well as many other terrestrial species. The project will involve tree planting 70 km of river bank in 382 ha. The project also includes the creation of buffer strips along 45 km of tributaries in the middle Dee which will reduce diffuse pollution in this area, the removal of eight engineered structures from the Dee and delivery of a school programme focusing on the project theme.
The project is being led by SNH with English and Welsh partners. The Scottish component is financially supported by SNH and SEPA. The Dee work is being delivered jointly by the DSFB and River Dee Trust who have secured £420,620 of LIFE funding plus an equal amount of matched funding from SEPA, SNH, local partners and their own contributions. Through the employment of a Project Officer, grants will be obtained to deliver the practical restoration work.