October 22, 2014: Mussels on the Dramatic News
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Written by Nigel Herwin

The Dramatic News is designed to bring more life to the news stories of Norwich. We believe that Norwich is incredibly interesting, and incredibly odd. These stories have been taken from the Eastern Daily Press and re-written, for entertainment purposes, but with extreme respect towards the lovely local presses and all they do for Norfolk.

They have been described as “The greatest single threat to Britain’s wildlife”. They are quagga mussels and they “could completely change the eco-system on the Broads.”

The mussels, originally from Ukraine, were discovered in the Wraysbury Reservoir near Heathrow Airport last week. Prolific breeders with the ability to produce one million eggs a season, they attach themselves to hard surfaces like boat hulls meaning they can spread rapidly. They also have the ability to block pipes and potentially cause flooding, together with producing toxic faeces which poisons drinking water.

Senior ecologist at the Broads Authority, Andrea Kelly, said: “Quagga mussels look similar to zebra mussels which have been the Broads for decades. The main difference is that quagga mussels can live on soft sediment which we have lots of in the Broads, so they would certainly like it here. Therefore it’s vital that all water users take every precaution to stop this species spreading throughout the UK, including the Broads.”

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