The Solent Forum

Working in parnership for the future

Secrets of the Solent Film

Posted 29/07/2021 09:12

The Hants and Wight Wildlife Trust have launched its new Solent film, which celebrates the diversity of our local marine wildlife and features interviews with its Marine Champions.

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Designation of pilot Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs)

Posted 08/07/2021 13:45

The UK government has committed to identify and designate pilot Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) in English waters by the end of 2022. Defra, JNCC, Natural England, Cefas, the Marine Management Organisation and the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities will work together, with stakeholders, to identify potential pilot sites.

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Fiftieth Edition of Solent News Published

Posted 07/07/2021 15:37

We have just published the fiftieth edition of Solent News. This bi annual round up of what is happening in the Solent is sent out widely and freely to those working and living in the Solent.

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Hythe Ferry service saved by community fundraising

Posted 25/06/2021 14:19

Hundreds of people have helped raise enough money to save a ferry service after it announced it had run out of money due to Covid restrictions. More than £60,000 has been raised to rescue Hythe Ferry, which links the Waterside and Southampton.

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Green Halo Partnership

Posted 18/06/2021 10:45

The fifth anniversary of the Green Halo Partnership was marked with a virtual conference: Towards 2030, which explored how individuals and organisations working in and around the New Forest National Pak can tackle the climate and nature emergencies.

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Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) Consultation

Posted 21/05/2021 12:59

PTEC is a 30MW commercial tidal stream project located off the south coast of the Isle of Wight. A planning application for the onshore elements of the project will be submitted to the Isle of Wight Council in the coming months. If consent is granted, onshore construction work is anticipated to commence in 2023. The project team would like your views.

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Solent Seagrass Project

Posted 28/04/2021 11:31

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have launched a partnership with Boskalis Westminster Ltd to undertake a seagrass restoration project within the Solent, starting with an important research and development phase.

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Hurst Spit to Lymington Project

Posted 06/04/2021 12:53

The Environment Agency is working in partnership with New Forest District Council, Hampshire County Council, Natural England and JBA Consulting to explore a sustainable future regarding the risk from flooding and coastal erosion between Hurst Spit and Lymington. Watch an introductory video on the Project.

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Solent Oyster Restoration Hatchery

Posted 25/03/2021 09:43

The country’s first oyster restoration hatchery has opened in the Solent. The hatchery, opened by the University of Portsmouth and Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), will provide a million native oysters a year for a restoration project that could transform the Solent’s water quality and increase its marine biodiversity.

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Solent announced as a location of one of the eight new freeports

Posted 05/03/2021 09:34

The proposal was submitted by the Solent LEP on behalf of a coalition of businesses, local authorities and other partner organisations in response to a competitive process designed to establish a number of UK Freeports.

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Henry VIII's Hurst Castle wall collapses in Lymington

Posted 01/03/2021 11:01

Part of the wall of a castle, originally built in Tudor times by Henry VIII, has collapsed. A section of Hurst Castle's east wing, near Milford-on-Sea, Lymington has fallen.

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New Funding for Historic Artefacts and Ships at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Posted 27/01/2021 16:37

Nearly £100K of funding has been awarded to scientists to help ensure that Tudor warship the Mary Rose and other historic ships at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - as well as related artefacts such as boots, cannons and gold coins - are protected for years to come.

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Solent Forum Chair Awarded MBE

Posted 05/01/2021 10:03

The Solent Forum are delighted to announce that the Chair, Peter Barham, was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s honours for services to the maritime sector.

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Natural Capital and Water Quality in the Solent

Posted 18/12/2020 11:39

The Environment Agency and University of Portsmouth have published an excellent new report 'Valuing the Solent Marine Sites Habitats and Species: A Natural Capital Study of Benthic Ecosystem Services and how they Contribute to Water Quality Regulation.'

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Lymington Saltmarsh Enhancement

Posted 18/12/2020 16:21

ABPmer has published a report that reviews the status of Wightlink Ltd.’s saltmarsh enhancement and mitigation project at Lymington. This enhancement project was completed nearly eight years ago. It involved the use of maintenance dredge sediment from the Lymington marinas and harbour approaches to ‘recharge’ an eroding area of saltmarsh (Boiler Marsh) to the east of the Lymington River entrance.

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