The Solent Forum

Working in parnership for the future

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. The Phase 1 brief has now been developed by the Solent Forum and Isle of Wight Council, and tendering is underway. The work will begin in March 2017 and it is anticipated that it will take around 4 months. Download the project brief.

Phase 1

Project scoping and partnership building.