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Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera)

Ireland’s Wildlife: Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera)

The freshwater pearl mussel is a bivalve mollusc that lives in clean, fast flowing rivers and streams. It is one of the longest lived invertebrates in the world, and with a lifespan of up to 130 years is Ireland’s longest living animal. Like all bivalve molluscs the freshwater pearl mussel….

Dying Out: Irish species on the brink of extinction

“To eradicate a species once is regrettable, but to allow it to disappear for a second time is simply irresponsible.” Those are the words of John Murphy, Wildlife Expert and Director of Waxwing Wildlife Productions talking about our native Irish red squirrel. Decimated by habitat destruction and persecution, the red….