The secret’s out!

Hampshire & Isle of Wight wildlife Trust has been awarded a £640,300 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant through the National Lottery to deliver a new programme called ‘Secrets of the Solent’ (SOTS) over the next four years. Thousands of people live and work along the coast of the Solent, which supports important industries, fisheries and … Continue reading The secret’s out!

MCZ Tranche 3 and public consultation

Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation are holding public consultations on the latest round of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ). A 'Local Community Stakeholder' event will be held at Riverside Community Centre, Newport, I.O.W on Wednesday 22nd March from 14:00 – 19:00. For further details, please take the following links: Natural England MCZ update. Natural … Continue reading MCZ Tranche 3 and public consultation

MCZs – Tranche 2

MCZs: Defra consultation on the second tranche. The Solent Protection Society welcomes the Marine Conservation Zone initiative and considers that MCZs will greatly benefit the environs and ecology of the Solent, provided that designation and enforcement are based on sound science and wise management. On Friday 30th January, Defra announced the consultation on the second … Continue reading MCZs – Tranche 2

New Defra Minister

Liz Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, has been appointed Environment Secretary in the re-shuffle.  She has a keen interest in flooding and will lead the government's response to last winter's disasters.  Responsibility for the MMO, NE, EA and the fishing IFCAs come within her department.  She will be ultimately responsible for the designation of … Continue reading New Defra Minister