Oyster Stringing Workshop

Mon Apr 15 2024 at 10:00 am to 04:00 pm

Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Campus | Edinburgh

Marine Conservation Society
Publisher/HostMarine Conservation Society
Oyster  Stringing Workshop
Join us for a day of oyster stringing at Heriot-Watt University!
About this Event

For successful restoration, we need to monitor the outcomes of our restoration efforts to find out how many oysters survive and grow. This informs future activities and is a really important part of the restoration process. To monitor our oysters, we attach them to strings using marine epoxy putty and then tether them to the seabed at our deployment sites. We are then able to collect information about these oysters to give us an indication of the overall health of the oyster population. We are delighted to invite you to help us in this process of oyster stringing!

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.


· Please meet us at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, Car Park A, for 9:45am.

· Free parking is available in Car Park A (what3words: orders.solve.branch) and regular buses are available from City of Edinburgh to campus.

About this event

Meet for 9:45am at Car Park A. We will provide you with all the relevant PPE. This session will focus on training volunteers how to use the marine epoxy putty to attach the oysters to strings in preparation for deployment. This will be a hands on activity.

There will be tea breaks with refreshments provided as well as lunch. Please let us know of any dietary requirements or allergies upon booking by emailing Charlotte Walker [email protected].

Important Information

We will be working outside during the practical session so please wear clothes which you are comfortable and warm in, jumpers, hats, gloves, scarfs etc. and with the possibility of rain please also bring waterproofs. Personal protective equipment will be provided such as aprons and work gloves, but please wear warm comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a bit mucky.

This event will require long periods of standing at tables while we string the oysters. If you would like to take part but are concerned about standing for any length of time, then please get in touch with us so we can organise additional chairs and lower tables.

As the event will be physical, we will be sending out paperwork before hand to capture any medical details we need to know about you. We would not advise taking part in this activity if you have a shellfish allergy or a severe repetitive strain injury.

Due to the nature of the project and the complexities of boats and tides involved in transporting oysters, it is possible that this event may need to be postponed at short notice. Please keep an eye on your emails in the lead up to the event for any updates from us. If we have to postpone this will be done at least two days before the event.

If you have any questions or want to discuss accessibility arrangements, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the email address below.

For any questions or discussion, please contact: [email protected]

Who we are

Restoration Forth is a major marine restoration programme working with communities to restore seagrass habitats and European flat oyster populations in the Firth of Forth. Our goal is to inspire and give agency to community members from around the Forth to participate in and lead on restoration activities in the marine environment. Restoration Forth is managed by WWF Scotland but is a partnership of scientific institutions, environmental charities, and community hubs. Restoration Forth is funded by: Aviva, the ScottishPower Foundation, the Moondance Foundation and supported by the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund.

Photo credit: Caitlin Godfrey


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Campus, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Campus, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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