Oyster Restoration in the UK: Restoring a Forgotten Ecosystem

Natural History Live by Celine Gamble on behalf of ZSL

Oysters are most commonly associated with a seafood restaurant on a plate, with a glass of champagne. However, our European native oyster provides us with a number of ecosystem services, such as cleaning our water and providing a home for other marine species. European native oysters have declined by over 95% over the past 150 years. During this presentation Celine will explore native oyster restoration efforts in the UK.

Zoological Society London (ZSL) have teamed up with the FSC to deliver a series of entomology-focused Natural History Live events. These events are free online natural history talks, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from either an FSC member of staff or a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. These are our new Virtual Meet Ups(VMUs), we’ve re-named them as we’re changing how we run them slightly so we thought it was time for a change! Sign up to the FSC BioLinks newsletter to find out about our other online learning opportunities here.

Tutor: Celine Gamble

Celine works at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) as a Project Manager in the Conservation and Policy department. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the University of Portsmouth, and her work focuses on marine habitat restoration in the UK.


The FSC BioLinks project is part-funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. These Natural History Live webinars are made available to all at no cost. If you would like to contribute to the FSC BioLinks project, you can do so by selecting the option to attend at a cost of £5. All donated fees go contribute financially to FSC BioLinks project work to provide adult learning opportunities for a range of audiences.

Attendee - select if you would like to attend at a cost of £5 (all donated fees go towards supporting the FSC BioLinks project activities)

Discounted - select if you would like to attend at no cost

Example Timetable

The usual format of Natural history Live virtual events is:

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC BioLinks project team
  • 30-40 minute talk presented by guest speaker
  • 15-25 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by the FSC BioLinks project team

Before You Attend

Please note that after booking on to the event:

  • You will need to download the Zoom software before we start. This is free and you can do so here: https://zoom.us/
  • You can sign into the Zoom test meeting any time before to test if everything is working for you here: https://zoom.us/test