Hurst Castle – Partial collapse of the seaward wall of the east wing

Solent Protection Society have expressed concern about the deteriorating state of Hurst Castle for the past two winters seasons and like many, were saddened to see the damage by the partial collapse of the east wing's seaward wall on Friday February 26th. Still from Drone footage by ExploreWithin - Click link to view video. We … Continue reading Hurst Castle – Partial collapse of the seaward wall of the east wing

Seagrass and Recreational Yachting

The Solent is now centre-stage in an important new initiative, led by Natural England, to find ways to protect critically endangered Seagrass Meadows. The Life Recreation ReMEDIES project (Reducing and Mitigating Erosion and Disturbance Impacts (E) affecting the Seabed) will particularly focus on the threats raised by the mooring and anchoring of recreational boats. Five … Continue reading Seagrass and Recreational Yachting

The pressure of new homes on the environment

We are all aware of the Government targets to increase housing supply, with a Nationwide target of 300,000 new homes per year. Presently the achieved figure is about 130,500 homes per year. (reference “Stimulating housing supply – Government initiatives 20 April 2020”) These targets are reflected in the Local Authorities in and around the Solent. … Continue reading The pressure of new homes on the environment

The South Marine Plan in a wider context

David Attenborough recently brought the issue of the sustainability of marine resources to all our attention.  A Marine Plan is a framework document and a tangible step towards sustainable seas. Over many years there have been increasing and multiple pressures in coastal waters from dredging, windfarms, communications cables, pipelines, bottom trawling, shipping, leisure activities and … Continue reading The South Marine Plan in a wider context