Our pupils learnt about the criteria of Priority Marine Features (PMF) and the important role they play in creating a diverse and healthy ecosystem. We are especially lucky as our local shore consists of not one, but TWO PMFs.
We used transect line sampling method to collect the data. We measured the length, depth and weight of each oyster along the transect. We also recorded the epifauna and epiflora as well as the empty oyster shells. We also observed a change of substratum leading to a change of oyster numbers.
We shared our data with Dr. Cass Bromley, Marine Enhancement Adviser at NatureScot and an expert on native oysters.
Way to go little marine biologists!