Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Solent Seagrass

A survey project to improve our knowledge of the distribution, extent, health and biodiversity of seagrass bds in the Solent

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (201081)




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Seagrass beds, formed by flowering plants of the Zostera genus, are a rich marine habitat, a nursery ground for fish, shellfish and other species, and an important source of food for wading birds. They form in intertidal and shallow subtidal areas, on muddy and sandy substrates. They are extremely ecologically important and are a priority BAP habitat and notable feature of Special Areas of Conservation. Despite this, little is known of their extent and health. This project aims to: 1. To undertake survey work to improve knowledge of the distribution, extent, health and biodiversity of seagrass beds in the Solent. 2. To raise awareness of seagrass beds amongst users the sites. 3. Update the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Seagrass Inventory with the additional information. 4. To encourage reporting of seagrass occurrence in the Solent by the public, as a means of raising awareness and locating other possible seagrass sites. Main outcomes: •Maps of seagrass beds in the Solent illustrating the extent and density of the beds •Resurvey of previously identified seagrass locations to determine if beds declining or extending •Increased understanding of seagrass amongst user groups •Increased protection of seagrass through encouraging user groups to act more responsibly when in seagrass beds •Increased awareness of general public of the importance of seagrass beds £50,000 is required to fund the project for 2 years