What's On

We would love you to continue your involvement in all of our activities, including the Restoration Forth Project. 

All sorts of opportunities are being organised. Check out our next events here.

March

Restoration Forth Seagrass Planting

Location - Drum Sands, Dalmeny Estate, Edinburgh
Friday 15th March 2024
9:30am - 1:30pm
This March marks the second instalment in Restoration Forth’s seagrass restoration programme. Together with community volunteers, Restoration Forth will sow the next batch of seagrass seeds across the Forth.
Participants can expect to gain first-hand restoration experience, develop their knowledge of seagrass, and meet other likeminded people interested in the enhancement of the Forth’s marine environment.
 If you fancy joining us, you can reserve tickets here. Numbers are limited so please book early.

Restoration Forth Seagrass Planting

SOLD OUT

Location - Drum Sands, Dalmeny Estate, Edinburgh
Saturday 16th March 2024
9:30am - 1:30pm
This March marks the second instalment in Restoration Forth’s seagrass restoration programme. Together with community volunteers, Restoration Forth will sow the next batch of seagrass seeds across the Forth.
Participants can expect to gain first-hand restoration experience, develop their knowledge of seagrass, and meet other likeminded people interested in the enhancement of the Forth’s marine environment.
 
If you fancy joining us, you can reserve tickets here. Numbers are limited so please book early.
 
 

November

100 SPECIES EXHIBITION

Location - Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick
13th October 2023 - 15th January 2024

The Firth of Forth is teeming with life. From tiny microscopic bacteria to majestic whales, life thrives on our coast and beneath the waves. The 100 species exhibition celebrates the vast biodiversity of the Firth of Forth.

Restoration Forth is a major marine restoration programme working with communities to restore seagrass habitats and native oyster populations in the Firth of Forth. The goal is to start restoring biodiversity, and forge new connections between local communities and the sea. 

The 100 Species project and exhibition aims to show that Restoration Forth is not just putting back two key species in a vacuum. It’s about creating and maintaining a better habitat for the hundreds of important, diverse species that live in the Forth and making people aware of the incredible creatures our coast supports.

100 of these species, were selected by local people who learned about them and went on to create beautiful, impactful interpretations of those animals which the Scottish Seabird Centre are delighted to exhibit in their boat office space over the winter.

October

NATIVE OYSTER CELEBRATION DAY!

21st October 2023 11am - 3pm
Heart of Newhaven Community

Over the next few months, for the first time in 100 years native oysters will be returning to the Firth of Forth, thanks to lots of hard work from community hubs, volunteers and partner organisations.

The Heart of Newhaven is hosting a family friendly day of fun to celebrate the return of oysters to the area:

Find out about the Restoration Forth project and biodiversity in the Firth of Forth.

    • Take part in marine-themed craft activities.
    • Listen to a performance by the Newhaven Community Choir.
    • Come along to an oyster-themed workshop or short talk (these activities are ticketed and will be released separately on Eventbrite shortly.)

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Restoration Forth Restoration Forth is a Firth of Forth based conservation project aiming to re-introduce 30,000 native oysters and restore 4 hectares of seagrass meadows to the local area.

Come and celebrate oyster’s past, present and future in the Forth!

SOLD OUT

SEINE NETTING AT WARDIE BAY

14th October 2023 - 2pm - 4pm
Meeting point: Wardie Bay Beach
Ever wondered if there are any fish in the sea? This is your chance to find out exactly what is going on under the surface at Wardie Bay in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Shoreline, in partnership with the Restoration Forth project, are delighted to offer an interesting afternoon with Dr Alastair Lyndon from Heriot Watt University who will use a seine net to help us discover fish and other sea creatures from the shore and bring them in for all to see before safely releasing them again.
This was a very popular event when we sampled at Wardie Bay previously and caught immature herring, a number of flat fish and a pregnant male pipefish!
Family friendly.
Numbers limited to 20 so book early.
Advance booking is essential.
 

Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for a mix of sandy and very muddy beach conditions. It can be very exposed at Wardie depending on wind direction so don’t forget to bring extra layers.

 

100 SPECIES EXHIBITION

Location - Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick
13th October 2023 - 15th January 2024

Restoration Forth is a community led project to restore seagrass meadows and native oysters in the Firth of Forth.  To compliment this, the 100 species project aims to show that this project is not just about putting back these two key species, but instead is creating a better habitat for the hundreds of important species that live in the Forth.

We have been learning through creating and are delighted to share the stunning pieces local people have created, along with heartfelt, impactful messages about our local marine space.

COME AND MEET OUR 100 SPECIES!

You may visit for free anytime during their opening hours.

100 SPECIES PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY DISPLAY


Location - The Atrium within the Heart of Newhaven

You may visit anytime during their opening hours, the best times being Wednesdays and Saturdays between 9am-12pm during their open sessions. This preview won’t have any of the team present, but we believe the photographs and words speak for themselves and will encourage people to visit our full exhibitions.

September

100 SPECIES EXHIBITION


Location: The Heart of Newhaven Anchor Building - Room 2
Dates:

17th September - 10:30am until 5pm
18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd of September: 1pm until 5pm
23rd of September: 10:30am until 5pm
24th of September: 10:30am until 1pm

You can find us the Heart of Newhaven Anchor Building – Room 2. Entry is through a separate Anchor building door and will be well signposted.

We are family friendly and have a fantastic activity corner with 100 Species jenga, snakes and ladders, colouring and more!

It would be great to meet those of you who can come along, enjoy the stunning things made by local people, and appreciate the impactful messages coming from such creativity. This exhibition will have someone on hand for a chat and to answer any questions.

RESTORATION FORTH NATIVE OYSTER BIOSECURITY
Heriot-Watt University Campus

We are delighted to invite you to join us in preparation of the second batch of native oysters to be reintroduced to the Firth of Forth as part of the Restoration Forth project.

The oysters will have previously been collected by the team from Little Loch Broom near Ullapool, and have undergone the first stages of the biosecurity process. We are inviting you to get involved in the final stages of the biosecurity process. By getting involved you will gain practical training in the processes of biosecurity necessary for the movement of native oysters into a restoration site.

This event is suitable for over 18’s only and not recommended for anyone with a shellfish allergy or repetitive strain injury- please see the important information at the end and get in touch if you have any questions.

 

100 Species Creative Project

Photograph Gallery Exhibition

Location - The Atrium within the Heart of Newhaven

You may visit anytime during their opening hours, the best times being Wednesdays and Saturdays between 9am-12pm during their open sessions. This preview won’t have any of the team present, but we believe the photographs and words speak for themselves and will encourage people to visit when we open the full exhibition.

August

Seagrass at Dalmeny

20th August 2023 - 10am
Meeting point: East side of Eagle Rock

Come and join us on the beach at Dalmeny to learn about seagrass and to meet Dr Richard Lilley – Co-founder of Project Seagrass (https://www.projectseagrass.org/).

RJ as he is known worked at the Sustainable Places Research Institute focussing on Caribbean and Mediterranean seagrass meadows and is now based in Edinburgh and works to improve knowledge and understanding of seagrass ecosystems.

Project Seagrass is part of the Restoration Forth project (https://www.wwf.org.uk/scotland/restoration-forth ).

We will give a short presentation on the restoration of seagrass and oysters in the Firth of Forth.

We’ll take a look at the dwarf seagrass (Zostera noltii) growing at Drum Sands and explore the recently seeded larger Zostera marina trials. The aim at this site is to expand the seagrass meadows on the intertidal mudflats to benefit biodiversity and capture sediment.

There will also be a demo of the Seagrass Spotter app – https://seagrassspotter.org/ which you could download before the event. We look forward to meeting you all on the beach.

Meeting time: 10.00 am

Meeting point here: East side of Eagle Rock – https://goo.gl/maps/kBmH18fYwNhUJ6H69

It is possible to cycle or walk to the meeting point either from Crammond Brig or South Queensferry both of which have suitable parking. The walk from parking to our site takes approximately 20 minutes.

Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for a mix of sandy and very muddy beach conditions. It can be very exposed at Dalmeny depending on wind direction so don’t forget to bring extra layers.

 

July

100 Species Creative Project

Now closed for creations - Exhibition dates coming soon

Following on from our very successful Forthline Project, and to compliment the Restoration Forth Project, we are delighted to introduce our new 100 Species Project

As part of this ambitious project we are offering you the chance to respond creatively to one of the many species that lives (or lived) in and around the Firth of Forth and help raise awareness about its importance.

Citizen Science Apps

Seagrass Spotter

iNaturalist

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