Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed a funding boost of £35,000 for Galloway Fisheries Trust which will help to restore endangered species in the River Bladnoch.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP says the six-figure sum comes at a crucial time when improving biodiversity can help to tackle climate change.
The £120,000 awarded by the Scottish Natural Heritage’s Biodiversity Challenge Fund will help to protect the freshwater pearl mussels in the River Bladnoch, with £35,000 going specifically to this project.
Work will include planting more than 1700 native trees along a 9km stretch of bank; 1.4km of fencing will be installed to exclude grazing livestock; and boulders added to improve flow conditions and instream habitat.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “I am delighted that the Galloway Fisheries Trust has been given substantial funding to protect one of our most endangered species in the River Bladnoch.
“As a committed campaigner for our natural environment, this money will help to protect the low population of mussels in the river and we must continue to support all efforts to improve our habitats and biodiversity.
“Improving our habitats can help to tackle climate change and it is important our rural communities receive the funding that helps to achieve this.
“I look forward to supporting the Galloway Fisheries Trust in their efforts to protect this vital species and congratulate them on their on-going work across the area.”