The Wild Oysters Project aims to build capacity for large-scale restoration by investing in the local area through volunteering, education outreach and citizen science.
Blue Marine has teamed up with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and British Marine to set up three new oyster restoration projects around the county. Through funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund, community “restoration hubs” have been set up in the Firth of Clyde, Conway Bay and the Tyne and Wear region.
The project is taking Blue Marine’s model for oyster restoration around the country. The oyster “nurseries” developed by the Solent Oyster Restoration Project are being installed at each site to kickstart the recovery of native oysters in each region. The project will also work to recover wild populations through targeted restoration of the seabed.
The project also aims to invest in the local community through volunteering, education outreach and citizen science to foster stewardship over native oyster populations and inspire the next generation of conservationists.
The restoration hubs will be community led with three local delivery partners, Clyde Porpoise CIC (Firth of Clyde), The Bangor Shellfish Centre (Conway Bay) and Groundwork North East (Tyne and Wear).
You can visit the Wild Oyster’s website here.
The Wild Oysters Project is funded by People’s Postcode Lottery.
Three locations and six marinas
144 oyster nurseries
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