New Green Wildlife Guide for Boaters - 3/3/17
The Green Wildlife Guide for Boaters, the latest addition to The Green Blue’s suite of handy leaflets, is designed to advise boaters on how to get the best experience out of their wildlife encounters by acting responsibly and cautiously to minimise the risk of disturbance while keeping participants and their boats safe. To complement the guide, The Green Blue is also launching Writing a Green Wildlife Guide for Boaters to help non-boating specific organisations when developing local codes of practice for water users. Visit the Guide.
Natural Environment Group - Call for Funding Bids
The Solent Forum Natural Environment Group (NEG) has put out a call for funding bids for 2017/18. All the information is available on the NEG pages on the SEMS website.
Wartime device found in Portsmouth Harbour - 22/2/17
Royal Navy bomb disposal experts are this morning dealing with an unexploded Second World War device found in the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour.
Marine Conservation Zones update - 27/1/17
Defra has now embarked on Tranche 3 (the final tranche) of the Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) designation programme. The aim of this Tranche is to complete the Blue Belt, an ecologically coherent network of well-managed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around England. Through this process, Natural England’s role will be to provide evidence-based scientific advice. Most of the MCZs under consideration are Regional Project recommended MCZs, however a small number of new site options, boundary amendments and third party proposed highly mobile species MCZs are also being considered to ensure the goal of ecological coherence is met.
IOW Chain Ferry Retired
The Isle of Wight chain ferry made its final journey on Monday night after operating for 40 years on the Isle of Wight. A £3.5m replacement for the Cowes Floating Bridge is due to enter service in late March. Until then, drivers travelling between West and East Cowes face a 10-mile diversion via Newport, although a replacement launch will operate for foot passengers from Tuesday. The old bridge is moored in the River Medina ready for sale. The Isle of Wight Council said the new ferry, being built in Wales by Mainstay Marine, would carry more vehicles than its predecessor and would make "faster, more regular" crossings.
Transposing EIA Regulations
Defra has launched a consultation on transposing the amendments for the EU Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (2014/52/EU) into national legislation. This joint technical consultation makes changes to Defra's EIA Regulations on Forestry, Agriculture, Water Resources, Land Drainage and Marine Works. View the consultation. This consultation will close on 31 January 2017.
Light Show to Mark First Opening at Westquay Watermark - 5/12/16
To mark the opening of the first wave of restaurants, WestQuay Watermark will be hosting a weekend of festivities on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December in the scheme’s new public plaza, The Esplanade.
The Launch of the Solent Growth Fund - 17/11/16
Solent LEP will be launching its new £2m capital fund - the Solent Growth Fund - offering funding on a grant, loan, forward-funding or equity-share basis for SMEs in the Solent on 5th December 2016 at the Hilton Ageas Bowl.
Visitor centre on stilts planned for Lepe Country Park - 28/10/16
Plans for a new visitor centre on stilts in a country park hit by flooding and coastal erosion have been given the go-ahead. The New Forest National Park Authority has approved improvement work at Lepe, including a new centre and cafe built on concrete piles to avoid flooding. The park was inundated during winter storms in 2014. Work is due to be completed by spring 2018. The park, managed by Hampshire County Council, was flooded during the Valentine's Day storms which battered the coast on 14 February 2014. Other work being carried out as part of the £2.6m project includes a redesign of the car park, landscape work, improved signage and a sensory garden.