The Solent Forum

Working in parnership for the future

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Beneficial Use of Dredging in the Solent Project (BUDS)

There has been a strong desire amongst Solent Forum members to find solutions to the many barriers which are preventing the effective use of dredged material to augment Solent intertidal sites and, hence, to provide other benefits associated with such restoration work (especially enhanced coastal protection). The Forum’s role will be to launch the first phase of the project and facilitate future communications. For more detailed information please download the BUDS Terms of Reference.

Project Aims and Benefits

The Solent Forum now seeks to build on past work and lead on the development of a proposal that will:

'Bring about beneficial use of dredging within one or more Solent sites, using an incrementally phased approach to scope and cost sediment sourcing and sediment receiver sites, building a system of protocols and guidance.'

More specifically the project will aim to:

This work should build on a wealth of information much of which relates to the Solent including amongst others work from the River Hamble Harbour Authority, the University of Southampton and Lymington Harbour. It is important that the work does not replicate previous work and that the budget is used to further the delivery of beneficial use projects.

It will only be possible to make real advances in the Solent if the benefits of the re-use of dredging material is really understood and costed, and these benefits are aligned to objectives of regulatory bodies and coastal managers.

Project Phases

The project comprises four phases. Download the project brief.

Phase 2

This will involve working with stakeholders to develop strategic guidance and s protocol. It will be led by the Solent Forum building on from Phase 1 work, using workshops and stakeholder meetings. Specifically it will:



It is anticipated that this phase will cost around £1,000 and be completed late Spring 2018.

Phase 1

Phase 1 of the project has been let to ABPmer. It is anticipated that this phase finished in January 2018.  A start-up meeting and workshop were held. The main areas of work included: