Natural Environment Group
The Solent Forum Nature Conservation Sub group was set up in 2004 its aim is:
'to provide a cost-effective mechanism to coordinate the implementation of cross-cutting nature conservation actions stemming from the many overlapping statutory and non-statutory documents'.
OBJECTIVES OF THE GROUP:
- To promote the nature conservation value of the Solent.
- To provide guidance on managing, protecting and improving our coastal environment.
- To coordinate nature conservation actions arising from Strategic Guidance for the Solent and other documents as identified.
- To support and complement the work of Natural England, Environment Agency, Local Authorities and other agencies relating to nature conservation management regimes and processes, such as coastal Biodiversity Action Plans.
- To inform the Solent European Marine Sites process.
- To identify and implement projects that demonstrate adaptive management.
- To establish a monitoring and management system that will identify gaps in baseline data, prioritise research and outline management requirements.
- To coordinate local community action focusing on environmental enhancement of the coastal zone.
Nature Conservation Indicators
The Forum's State of the Solent report contains a set of nature conservation indicators that show trend data on this topic.
To see the current status of the Group's projects please download the project tracking and progress document - May 2013.
- Pilot Catchment Based Approach for Sowley Pond, March 2013.
- Solent Waders and Brent Goose Strategy
- Solent Disturbance and Mitigation project
- Solent Alien Species Project (being developed by the National Oceanography Centre)
- Solent Seagrass Project - download 2011 Field Series Summary (pdf file). See also Hants and Wight Wildlife Trust Seagrass project pages.