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The Surprising Life of Freshwater Pearl Mussels

In this podcast Janette Sutherland chats to Mary McAndrew who is a project officer with the Pearl Mussel Project in Ireland. Ireland and Scotland have rivers in their High Nature Value farmland areas with populations of Freshwater Pearl Mussels. Mary discusses the lifecycle of this species and how their success is connected to farming practices. Mary then tells us how their project with a Result Based payment has shifted the mindsets of the farmers she works with.

A freshwater pearl mussel nestled within some gravel in a riverbed.

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