April 11, 2014 7:47 AM Subscribe
Oysters were a common food stuff for the poor in victorian london. They grew in the thames and were so cheap that there were riots amongst the poor demanding to be fed something other than oyster or salmon.
My question is, how far up the Thames will Oysters grow?
I've heard anecdotes of oysters at Hampton Court palace? Can this be true?
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Science & Nature (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This gets tricky to just google because of the ubiquitous travel card.
There is a second part to this question, and some more details.
I've been wondering about filter feeders to help clean up river pollution. Oysters suck up all the gunk, you might not be able to eat them, but the river will be cleaner.
Given that, what bivalves or filter feeders could be introduced to the tidal Thames? Native is obviously better.
Additionally, the bit I live on is flooded only a few hours twice a day to a depth of 2 metres, and dry the rest of the time. There are plenty of herons and so on, but what could live in the river and preferably filter clean it? (or otherwise look pretty)
Some kind of amphibious mussel?