Nature Heroes - Seawilding
Seawilding is the UK's first community-led native oyster and seagrass restoration project. Its aim is to restore lost biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services, and to create green jobs.
Seagrass meadows are biodiversity hotspots and an important carbon sink. The project has to-date sown 300,000 seagrass seeds at Loch Craignish in Argyll. A range of scientific experiments exploring different propagation and planting methods are being carried out.
Additionally, Seawilding is aiming to restore 1 million native oysters to Loch Craignish over a five-year period. These once-abundant eco-system engineers filter and clean water and supply breeding and nursery grounds for fish – making their restoration key to a healthy ecosystem.
Seawilding has the support of over 400 community members and has sparked interest in the creation of new seagrass meadows and oyster beds around Scotland, including Restoration Forth.
Seawilding won two prestigious Nature of Scotland Awards in late 2022 for best projects in Coast and Waters and Innovation.
Seawilding enjoys the support of many organisations including Rebel Restoration, National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Patagonia, William Grant Foundation, NatureScot and The Crown Estate.
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Seawilding - Community-led Marine Habitat Restoration