Oysters and the Firth of Forth – Part 1 (Pre Industrial Revolution)
The first in a series of small articles that cover the fascinating and colourful history of Scotland’s most famous oyster bed in the Firth of Forth. This is an introduction and considers the pre industrial revolution period.
DEEP - Native Oyster Restoration - Phase 2
Phase 2 of the Glenmorangie DEEP Native Oyster Restoration project is now underway. We have recently taken the first batch of seed oysters onto the farm for on growing in support of this phase. Also our first use of ground breaking eDNA technology (Roslin Institute) to aid in Bonamia disease screening.
The Environment & The North Coast 500
A short survey to gather views on the environment by people who have, or plan to, travel the North Coast 500. Take part for a chance to win an Amazon UK gift card (£10). One winner to be drawn at random. UK entries only.
Where has the time gone?
Where has the time gone? We are already a quarter into the year! Where has the time gone? We have been so busy that t...
TinyReef - BESE elements
We recently had a visit from our friend Malenthe from the The Netherlands. She is a marine biologist who works for BESE Products. These guys make biodegradable ecosystem restoration products.
The Importance of Oyster Restoration – Chapter 4 – A Milestone Achieved
Glenmorangie Distillery and a team of scientists from Heriot-Watt University have reached a significant milestone in the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP), focused on restoring a sustainable native oyster reef in the Dornoch Firth. August 2021 marks the completion of 20,000 native European oysters being returned to the Dornoch Firth, where they became extinct more than 100 years ago as a result of overfishing. This phase’s success will pave the way for the restoration of the reef, after years of research, planning and monitoring.
The Importance of Oyster Restoration – Chapter 3 – Oyster Reef Restoration – First Steps
What is an Oyster Reef? What is Oyster Reef Restoration? How can Oyster Reefs be restored? A brief review and an update on what happened to our 6K Native oysters.
The Importance of Oyster Restoration – Chapter 2 – Biosecurity
Oyster Restoration requires Biosecurity. What is Biosecurity? Biosecurity is the use of measures to reduce the chance of negative effects upon ecosystems from biological organisms. This is important as over the years shellfish movements have been a major vector for the introduction of Invasive Non Native Species and various diseases.
The Importance of Oyster Restoration – Chapter 1 – Awake
The Importance of Oyster Restoration. Oysters are fantastic marine creatures, an individual animal can filter up to five litres of water per hour. Oysters are ‘Ecosystem Engineers’, and play a vital role in the protection of fragile marine ecosystems. We need to help them survive and prosper, it is in our own interest.
The Wester Ross UNESCO Biosphere - Announcement
We have some exciting news to share! The Native Oyster & Shellfish Company is now an official registered supporter of the Wester Ross UNESCO Biosphere.
The Native Oyster - Ostrea edulis
A Native Oyster? The European Flat Oyster (Ostrea edulis) is the indigenous oyster of Europe, and in these parts it is often called the Native or Flat oyster. The history of this species is one of decline but we aim to help save this beautiful little animal.