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Pearl Mussel Project Farmer Consultation Meetings in NW Announced

The Pearl Mussel Project EIP have announced details of a series of indoor farmer consultation meetings in the various project river catchments in north west of Ireland during December. 

The consultation meetings will outline the background and aims of the project. 

At these meetings we hope to get input from the farm communities on the design and implementation of the programme. 

All are welcome to attend!



  • Dawros Catchment: FORUM Connemara, Letterfrack, Co. Galway. Monday the 3rd  of December at 8pm
  • Bundorragha Catchment: Glen Keen Farm, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. Tuesday the 4th of December at 8pm
  • Owenriff Catchment: The Boat Inn, Oughterard, Co. Galway. Wednesday the 5th  of December at 8pm
  • Glaskeelan Catchment: Colmcille Heritage Centre, Church Hill, Co. Donegal. Thursday the 6th of December at 8pm

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Pearl Mussel Project Farmer Consultation Meetings in SW Announced

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The Pearl Mussel Project EIP have announced details of a series of indoor farmer consultation meetings in the various project river catchments in south west of Ireland during November. 

The consultation meetings will outline the background and aims of the project. 

At these meetings we hope to get input from the farm communities on the design and implementation of the programme. 

All are welcome to attend!



  • Kerry Blackwater Catchment: The Blackwater Tavern, Blackwater, Co. Kerry. Monday the 26th of November at 8pm
  • Ownagappul Catchment: The Caha Centre, Ardgroom, Co. Cork. Tuesday the 27th of November at 8pm
  • Currane Catchment: Dromid Day Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry. Wednesday 28th November at 8pm
  • Caragh Catchment: Glencar Community Centre, Glencar, Co. Kerry. Thursday 29th November at 8pm

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Pearl Mussel Project Consultation Meetings 2018

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The Pearl Mussel Project EIP are organising a series of indoor farmer consultation meetings in the various project river catchments in late November and early December. The consultation meetings will outline the background and aims of the project. At these meetings we hope to get input from the farm communities on the design and implementation of the programme. All are welcome to attend.

Some provisional dates for your diary (we will advertise the final meeting schedule once venues have been confirmed):

Week 26th to 30th November - meetings in Cork and Kerry catchments

Week 3rd to 7th December- meetings in Mayo, Galway and Donegal catchments

The Pearl Mussel Project EIP are establishing a voluntary farm scheme in eight priority river catchments in Ireland. The programme will incentivise farmers to improve the environmental condition of their farms with the aim of enhancing watercourses for the endangered Freshwater Pearl Mussel. The programme will be results based in that the better the environmental result the higher the payment to farmers. The overall project budget is €10 million. The eight river catchments include:

Bundorragha River Catchment, Co. Mayo

Caragh River Catchment, Co. Kerry

Currane River Catchment, Co. Kerry

Dawros River Catchment, Co. Galway

Glaskeelan River Cathcment, Co. Donegal

Ownagappul River Catchment, Co. Cork

Owenriff River Catchment, Co. Galway

The Pearl Mussel Project is an EIP (European Innovation Partnership) Locally Led Scheme. The Project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as part of Ireland's Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

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Burren Winterage School

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The Pearl Mussel Project were delighted to attended the Burren Winterage School events to see agri-environment schemes in the Slieve Aughty mountains (led by Hen Harrier Project) and the Burren (led by Burren Programme) over the last few days, where we met a range of groups engaged in agri-environmental results based payment schemes throughout the country. A great opportunity for us to learn from their experiences.

The Burren Winterage School celebrates the unique farming traditions of the Burren and other ‘high nature value’ farming landscapes across Ireland and Europe, as well as sharing ideas on how these special places and their custodians might best be supported at a time of great challenge. 

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Further information of the BurrenWinterage weekends events at: 
https://www.burrenwinterage.com/

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Pearl Mussel Project Results Based Farm Scheme Presentation

The Pearl Mussel Project have developed a presentation with further details of the proposed results based farm scheme to help protect freshwater pearl mussel in the top eight catchments in Ireland. 

PDF of the presentation will be available for downloaded shortly

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Freshwater Pearl Mussel Conference - Connemara Green Festival

An interesting series of talks were presented at the Connemara Green Festival last Friday in Letterfrack focusing on the conservation of freshwater pearl mussel in Ireland.

We had lots of interesting feedback on the Pearl Mussel Project given by Derek McLoughlin from PMP and on the wonderful presentations from Marie Louise Heffernan, Bernie Whyte (LAWSAT) and Catherine Seale (LAWCO). Their was a good range of attendees including local farmers, businesses and fisheries owners. Brendan O’Malley of FORUM was an excellent chair for the session. Great to see the positive approach of the Dawros and surrounding catchment communities. Unfortunately due to bad weather and high river levels (good for the mussels... dangerous for humans) the excursion to Dawros River had to be cancelled.

Many thanks to Marie Louise, Janet and Letterfrack Tidy Towns for organising and running the conference which was a great success.

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Catchment survey of Glaskeelan, Co. Donegal

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Staff from the Pearl Mussel Project, including Patrick Crushell and Derek McLoughlin and one of our project advisor, Dr Dolores Byrne from IT Sligo, have been undertaking surveys in the Glaskeelan catchment in Co. Donegal over the last few days to assess catchment and habitat conditions for the conservation of freshwater pearl mussel. Surveys were also undertaken on the pilot farm being established within the catchment to assess farm guidelines proposals. 

Lough Inshagh, shown in the image above, is the source of the Glaskeelan River and is located within the Glenveagh National Park.

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Job Opportunity - Catchment Officers

megaphoneReminder that the closing date for application for the two posts is: 12th October 2018

The Pearl Mussel Project are recruiting two catchment officers with agri-environmental backgrounds: one officer to work the southern (south Kerry and west Cork) area based in the Kerry office, and one officer in the western (Mayo, Galway, Donegal) area based in the Mayo office. The successful applicants will work as key members of the project team and will report to the Project Manager. The role will require the successful candidate to travel between the four catchments in their respective areas on a regular basis, and they will likely spend a high proportion of time out of the office.

Detailed job description, experience required and application details can be downloaded here.  

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Mayo Farmers visit Pearl Mussel Project in Kerry

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We enjoyed presenting our project plan to a group of Mayo farmers visiting Kerry as part of a three day study tour funded by the HeritageCouncil. Thanks to the team from KerryLIFE for demonstrating the great progress and work they’ve done in the Caragh catchment.

The group of over 20 attendees visited John Griffin’s farm in Glencar where various measures aimed at improving conditions for freshwater pearl mussel were demonstrated including; a nose pump water supply for cattle, fencing, and management of livestock at watercourse crossings. Some of the farmers visiting were from the Bundorragha catchment, one of our top eight pearl mussel catchments, and we look forward to working with them on our project. Delighted that two landowners from another top eight catchment, Ownagappul, Ardgroom, County Cork, were also able to attend. Apart from some issues crossing watercourses, the days study tour was a great success !

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Pearl Mussel Project results based farm scheme

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The Pearl Mussel Project team are currently working on the development of the results based farm scheme. The aim of the scheme is to reward farmers for enhancing the local environment for the benefit of Freshwater Pearl Mussel.

In developing the scheme, we are designing a scoring system that will allow us to measure the environmental benefit provided by any given farmer. This result will then inform the level of payment due to that farmer.

We are also deciding on appropriate actions or measures that will help farmers to achieve better environmental results. These measures may include such things as: blocking drains in wetland areas to restore river flow, reducing nutrient inputs, provision of alternative drinking facilities, and controlling livestock access to rivers. Depending on the measure the cost of carrying out the work may be covered entirely or in part by the project.

With the agreement of nine farmers we are now trialing our methods on selected pilot farms located in each of the eight catchments. Following these initial trials we will be holding public meetings where local farmers will be given an opportunity to input into the design of the scheme.

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