Kilchoan Estate
Ecological Restoration, Rewilding, Preservation

Photo: Marnik van Cauter

Kilchoan Native Oyster Restoration Project

Kilchoan Estate has been working with Seawilding to create a native oyster restoration project at the head of Loch Melfort. The Estate is a cultural and educational enterprise focused on ecological restoration, rewilding, and preservation of both the marine and terrestrial habitats for the benefit of the people of Argyll. The Estate has introduced 12,000 hatchery-raised native oysters to cages suspended from the Estate pontoon in March 2021. The plan is to release them onto pre-surveyed sites along the shoreline when they reach the required size. Kilchoan aims to introduce 24,000 annually in the hope of creating a resilient, self-sustaining population.