Responsible Authorities have been appointed by Defra to develop Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS); this includes Hampshire County Council (responsible for Hampshire including Southampton and Portsmouth) and the Isle of Wight Council.
Introduced by the Environment Act 2021, LNRS’ are a new system of plans for nature recovery covering the whole of England. They are a key mechanism for planning and delivering the National Nature Recovery Network and will consist of:
The first LNRS’ will be produced in 2024. They will intially focus on land (including the intertidal) however the responsible authorities wish to include the whole Solent to ensure that marine nature recovery is embedded into the strategies. It is anticipated that the Solent work will also feed into neighbouring LNRS’ including Dorset and Sussex. The intention in the Solent is also to cover those terrestrial habitats in the 'coastal zone of influence' such as saline lagoons, coastal grazing marsh and wader roosting and feeding sites.
Engagement with local communities and stakeholders is a vital part of the process for successful nature recovery. The responsible authorities will be undertaking a series of workshops on a wide range of themes with key stakeholders, landowners, and community groups. One of these was a Solent workshop which was held on 16 January 2024 to cover coast and marine. This workshop was coordinated and delivered by the Solent Forum in association with Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council, Natural England, Environment Agency and the Solent Seascape project.
The purpose of the workshop was to:
We will now be working with the Responsible Authorities to take these findings forward for preparing the first draft LNRS’, Solent stakeholders will be consulted on these in due course.
Workshop Materials to Facilitate Discussion
Sample Solent maps:
The Solent Seascape Project is a partnership aiming to reconnect the Solent into a functioning and productive ecosystem for people, nature, and climate. It will bring together local stakeholders to develop and co-create a long-term seascape recovery plan that supports better management of existing Solent marine and coastal habitats. This piece of work will take place over the next few years. It will form an integral part of nature recovery strategies for the Solent in the longer term, contributing to local priorities and delivering opportunities to improve nature.