Porlock Oyster Farm

There was a flourishing oyster industry in Porlock in the second half of the nineteenth century. It was put out of business by fishermen from the East Coast. It is now undergoing a wonderful renaissance as part of a large scale community project to bring a working industry back to  Porlock and the surrounding area.

I had the most beautiful warm and sunny October day to go out with the fishermen to inspect their beds. This can only be done at low spring tides when the beds are revealed. On the north coast of Somerset, the sun is to the south and it was shining beautifully across the bay accentuating  the textures of the sand and rocks.  It was a little treacherous getting out there as the rocks are slippery and ankle twisting but this gives a measure of security to the oysters.