The waters of the Solent and Southampton Water hold a rich planktonic flora and fauna. Plankton comprise a wide range of organisms which live at least part of their lives drifting in the water column. Their size ranges from that of a single bacterium to a huge jelly fish the size of a dustbin lid … Continue reading Planktonic Monsters of the Solent
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
During the past year the Solent Protection Society (SPS) has been investigating the impact of pollution on the Solent. This is a huge subject covering everything from shipping to plastic, sewerage to chemicals, noise to pleasure craft disturbance. We have looked particularly at how pollution gets into the Solent and what action is being taken … Continue reading Pollution in its many forms
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!
Solent Protection Society are associated with the Blue Marine Foundation, see the SPS Autumn 2017 Newsletter, and maintain a close interest in their activities. The Foundation have recently published their 2017 Annual Review which can be found here.