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Call for: Oyster monitoring volunteers

By 2 August 2021No Comments

The Wild Oysters Project is looking for volunteers to help us to monitor and care for our oyster nurseries in marina sites around the UK!

We are looking for a team of volunteers to help us with our surveys that take place on two days a month (usually 4-5hrs per day), which involves biodiversity net surveys to record the mobile marine animals, photo surveys of oysters to record sessile animals, as well as oyster health and reproduction surveys. This role is perfect for you if you enjoy being outside and near the sea, and keen to get hands on and learn more about marine animals and marine habitat restoration.

Oyster reefs clean our coastal waters and create an important habitat for other marine animals. Native oysters were once commonly found in UK seas, however populations across Europe have declined by 95% since the 1800s. With this decline, we have also lost the benefits they provided.

The Wild Oysters project is aiming to restore Britain’s seas to health through the restoration of the native oyster! The project is a national collaboration, led by the ZSL (Zoological Society of London), Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) and British Marine, working with the marine industry and local communities and organisations, to deliver restoration sites in England, Scotland and Wales. This volunteering opportunity will be facilitated by our Local Delivery Partners in each of our local sites, including Groundwork Northeast and Cumbria, Bangor University and Clyde Porpoise CIC, you can find more information about our locations in Conwy Bay, Firth of Clyde and Tyne & Wear here: https://wild-oysters.org/locations/

If you are interested in volunteering, please email wild.oysters@zsl.org to sign up to the mailing list (add the site that is local to you, for example “Tyne & Wear”, into the subject line).

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