Essex Rivers Hub

EWT Oyster Research

The Blackwater Estuary in Essex is home to an important population of native oysters. Essex Wildlfie Trust's Living Seas Officer, Sarah Allison, has been working with Essex University students and the Blackwater Oystermen to research the native oyster population and the Estuary habitat that they rely on.

The evidence gathered from surveying the Estuary feeds directly back into the conservation and management of the area, which is designated as a Marine Conservation Zone for the native oyster and the oyster beds. This short video, produced by Essex University, explains how. 

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

Blackwater Estuary

WFD water body status

High

WFD overall status objective

NA

Project type

Restoration

Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust

Contact for more information

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Project partners

University of Essex, Blackwater Oystermens Association

Project start

2011

Project end

Ongoing

Website key stakeholders:

Environment Agency logo      Essex Wildlife Trust logo            Essex Biodiversity Project logo

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust