Welcome to UC LIFE Denmark

Actions for improved conservation status of the Thick Shelled River Mussel (Unio crassus) in Denmark

UC LIFE Denmark is an EU supported project, to improve the habitats for the Thick Shelled River Mussel I the Suså river, Odense river, and Sallinge river.

Until recently the Thick Shelled River Mussel was considered extinct. But it was rediscovered in Odense river in 2004 and in the Suså river in 2007. These are still the only places in Denmark where the mussel can be found.

In the Suså in Næstved, Ringsted, Faxe, and Sorø municipalities, the habitats shall be improved, and 40.000 fish will be released. Fish like the Minnow and the European Bullhead.
>> Read more here

In Odense river, in Odense municipality, the barrier at Dalum Paper Factory will be removed.
>> Read more here

In Sallinge river, in Faaborg-Midtfyn municipality, 8.000 fish will be released.
>> Read more here

Project locations

Watch a video about the Thick Shelled River Mussel


…and how the females secure next generation.

A video about the Thick Shelled River Mussel

UC Life Denmark

This project – LIFE 15 NAT/DK/000948 UC Life Denmark – is partially funded by the LIFE-programme under the EU-Commission.
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Data protection

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