LEC Seminar: 'Conservation of the endangered freshwater pearl mussel in England: Captive breeding and reintroductions in Cumbria'

Wednesday 18 September 2019, 1:00pm to 2:00pm


A076a Faculty of Science and Technology training suite, Lancaster University, LA1 4YR - View Map

Open to

Alumni, External Organisations, Postgraduates, Staff, Undergraduates


Registration not required - just turn up

Event Details

What is being done to help save declining populations of the endangered freshwater pearl mussel? A whole lot! Come and hear about how a combination of research, habitat restoration, and captive breeding hope to save the species from local extinction.

The freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) is one of the most imperilled mussel species the UK, and indeed the world. Threatened by anthropogenic effects on its habitat, declines in local fish populations (it uses salmonids as a host for reproduction!) and aging mussel populations, time is almost up for this species in many of its native rivers.

However, a combination of research, habitat restoration and captive breeding are hoping to reverse the decline of the species, and secure remaining populations. Dr Louise Lavictoire will highlight previous conservation efforts surrounding this species and describe the objectives of a new four year project, which aims to restore mussel habitat and research the question, “What makes a successful reintroduction for the freshwater pearl mussel?”.

All students, staff and colleagues are encouraged to attend.

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Contact Details

Name Dr Louise Lavictoire