Hen Beck, Wath Brow, Cumbria

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Hen Beck, Wath Brow

The River Ehen:

This shot was taken at Wath Brow in West Cumbria – this section of the river is known affectionately as Hen Beck.

The river supports the largest viable population of freshwater pearl mussel left in England. The majority of which are adults. Surveys indicate that juvenile mussels are present but they are very rare. The River Ehen is designated as a European Special Area of Conservation (SAC), designated for Freshwater Pearl Mussels (FWPM) and Atlantic salmon and also as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The river flows from Ennerdale Water, discharging 16.5 miles downstream into the Irish Sea.

Zhuangzi: I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.

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