Oyster fishery in line for top RSPB award

A Wigtownshire project has been shortlisted in RSPB Scotland’s Nature of Scotland Awards, to be hosted by TV presenter Chris Packham.

For the third year running, Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery – a project which specialises in sourcing oysters sustainably – is in the running for the Marine Conservation Award.

Tristan Hugh-Jones from the fishery said: “Rob Lamont and John Mills have invested many hours of work at sea, both harvesting oysters and re-seeding around 1.5 million oysters back onto the beds to breed for the future.

“Working with the IBIS oyster project at Queens University Belfast, we are lucky enough to have Lawrence Eagling who has invested three years of a PhD to help us understand the complex dynamics of Loch Ryan, and I think this also helped to get this project shortlisted.”

Meanwhile, the region’s Lie of the Land project, encouraging young teenagers to engage with nature, received a nod under Youth and Education.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on 20 November.