A community-led vision to restore seagrass habitats and oyster populations in the Firth of Forth
Seagrass, often described as the ocean’s unsung hero, provides important habitat for marine life and is an efficient store for climate-warming carbon emissions.
Oyster reefs, which once flourished in the Forth estuary before being fished to extinction, remove pollutants from the water and provide sanctuary for a wide variety of sea life.
Restoring the two species is predicted to have multiple benefits, including enhancing the coastal environment, offering nature-based methods of soaking up greenhouse gases and encouraging local people to connect with the sea. Over the course of the project, which runs over three years, around four hectares of seagrass meadows will be restored and 30,000 oysters introduced in the Forth.
Pioneering work to create thriving seagrass meadows and native oyster populations in the Firth of Forth is underway.
The £2.4 million project, Restoration Forth, will improve the local marine ecosystem and help to tackle climate change.
The project was announced as world leaders were gathering in Glasgow for the United Nations climate summit COP26, seen as the most important international negotiations yet in the battle against environmental breakdown.
Support for the scheme has come from the ScottishPower Foundation’s new Marine Biodiversity Fund, which was set up to mark COP26 coming to Scotland. The grant – totalling £600,000 over three years – is the first award from the fund and the biggest ever provided by the ScottishPower Foundation.
Restoration Forth will be managed by conservation group WWF, in partnership with scientists, charities and local community groups. They will work together to design a blueprint to restore and sustainably manage seagrass and oyster habitats for a thriving Firth of Forth.
This is a community driven project and we welcome volunteers who would like to get involved.
Volunteer activity will increase in 2023, when we will base activities in and around six community hubs.
You can find out more about them by clicking on the links below.
They will share volunteering opportunities as project delivery gets underway .
With huge thanks to our project funder
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