NORA Outreach Group Videos

Lilly Allen presents an approach to integrating oyster restoration into positive urban design….

Lilly Allen of the University of Edinburgh presents the outcome of her master’s research, which explored ways in which urban design could draw on a coastal native oyster restoration project in the Firth of Forth to provide positive benefits for the local community in Granton, Edinburgh.

Homère Alves Monteiro introduces an oyster genetics case-study for high schools….

…Homère Alves Monteiro of DTU presents an educational case study aimed at Danish High School students and developed with teachers, which showcases how genetic analyses are undertaken. This work was undertaken within the MarGenII project in collaboration with DTU AQUA, Novo Nordisk fonden, Verdensmå

PROCEED working with German High Schools….

…Corina Peter of the PROCEED project (AWI) presents outreach materials developed for German High School teachers and students and introduces the projects outreach website:

Pete Malinowski of Billion Oyster Project shares experiences from their community engagement programme….

…Billion Oyster Project seeks to restore the native eastern oyster to parts of New York harbor, and to connect New York City residents once more with their bay. In partnership with The Harbor School, the Billion Oyster Project creates learning opportunities for local schools and teaches transferable skills. Pete discusses their outreach programme, their shell recycling programme, and their efforts to remain connected throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Alec Reid of Cuan Beo discusses community engagement….

…In an informative and Alec Reid of the Cuan Beo discusses the group’s experience in engaging with diverse stakeholders around Galway Bay, Ireland. From engaging with the general public, to advice on working with fishers or farmers, Alec provides guidance on planning and actioning outreach activities. A short report based on the discussion which followed the talk is also available here.

Corina Peter shares her experience in developing Information boards…

…about the oyster and its value for the biodiversity in the North Sea on the island of Helgoland. She will gives insights on the cooperation between research, tourism service, design agency and municipality to produce and set up these information boards.Corina is a researcher in the restoration projects RESTORE and PROCEED at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany.


Matt Uttley discusses creating and installing Information Boards on the seafront

Matt Uttley of the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative (ENORI) discusses ENORI’s experiences of designing and working towards the installation of a public information board. Key considerations of the design and planning the build were target audience, board content, location, permissions required and building materials. Watch to find out more and to see some fantastic nature artwork.

Ian McLeod and Simon Branigan share their experiences in engagement and outreach of oyster reef restoration from Australia

Dr Ian McLeod is the Assistant Director and a Principal Research Scientist at TropWATER, James Cook University. He has been working with The Nature Conservancy to provide research to underpin shellfish reef restoration in Australia. Simon Branigan is the Operations Manager for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy Australia. He has been putting oyster reefs back in the water and has been responsible for communicating those efforts to stakeholders and the public. Here they share their experiences and lessons learned in communicating oyster restoration.

Question and Answer session with Dr. Ian McLeod

Corina Peter introduces oyster restoration outreach activities for secondary schools

Corina Peter is a researcher in the restoration projects RESTORE and PROCEED at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany. Within PROCEED, an active knowledge transfer capacity is being developed, with the goal of utilizing the native oyster and the reefs it forms as an example for the importance of ecological key species and their ecosystem services. This talk focuses on one subject of the outreach work of PROCEED: The development of educational materials which then can be used in (German) High Schools. PROCEED is supported by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation with funds from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety within the Federal Programme for Biological Diversity (Bundesprogramm Biologische Vielfalt).

Luke Helmer introduces oyster restoration outreach activities for primary schools

Dr Luke Helmer is the Scientific Officer for the Blue Marine Foundation and works on the Solent Oyster Restoration Project. To increase the projects wider impact, the team have been developing lesson plans, online educational material and outreach activities for audiences including primary school children, university students and the general public. In this talk, Luke covers case studies of the classroom-based learning and hands on field trips conducted in association with Wicor Primary School.

Celine Gamble introduces the UK-Ireland guide to oyster restoration outreach

Celine is the Coordinator for the Native Oyster Network – UK & Ireland, co-founded by the Zoological Society of London and the University of Portsmouth. The UK Network is currently producing a “Native Oyster Restoration Handbook” in collaboration with NORA, including a chapter on “Engagement and communications for a restoration project”. In this presentation Celine provides an overview of the current outreach and engagement methods outlined in the draft handbook, seeking to share the methods and gain feedback from the NORA Outreach working group.