Ostrea edulis

Ostrea edulis or the European flat oyster is an oyster species native to Europe. It has existed since the Miocene epoch in Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Egypt, Greece, Spain, UK, Austria, France and Germany. The population of this species fell by 95 per cent since the 1800s because of pollution, climate change and shellfish harvesting. Recently, they were reintroduced into the Firth of Clyde as part of a conservation project.

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