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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 11.5 June 2000

Freshwater Pearl Mussels in peril

By - Peter Cosgrove, Lee Hastie, Mark Young

If you had asked any British naturalist 100 years ago to identify a common or abundant freshwater river mussel, the chance are that he or she would have identified the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Margaritifera margaritifera. Ask the same question today and you would get a very different answer. In every part of its range, the once common Freshwater Pearl Mussel is now highly threatened and endangered. So, what brought about this dramatic change and why should we care?

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist