Colouring activities for kids
The native European oyster has inspired artworks for centuries. From Edouard Manet to James Weaver, oysters have been brought to life on canvas and paper. Here you can join artists from around the world and across centuries by painting your own native oyster. Let your imagination run wild! Use the oyster as a canvas itself- what stories could it tell? The art-world is your oyster.
What might a restored oyster habitat look like?
Oyster reefs have largely disappeared from Europe’s waters over the past two hundred years due to human causes. This makes it very difficult to know what to expect from a fully restored and functioning oyster habitat. Here is one example of what scientists think oyster habitats will look like once they are restored. How many marine animals can you find and colour? Can you add your own drawings of sea creatures you might expect to find on an oyster reef in Europe?
You can enjoy these activities at home. If you would like to share your artwork with oyster enthusiasts and conservation biologists, please send a photograph of your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org