A new campaign for the Solent
A campaign for a Wilder Solent has been launched by the Hants and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. The aim is to raise the profile of the Solent and it’s wildlife that inhabit the water between the mainland and the Isle of Wight. The campaign also encourages individual lifestyle changes that will help protect and safeguard the marine habitat for future generations.
The Wilder Solent campaign is being delivered by the Secrets of the Solent, a four-year project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The announcement of the campaign seems quiet timely as we have had a recent Government announcement of the new Yarmouth to Cowes Marine Conservation Zone, the UNESCO announcement of the Isle of Wight Biosphere Reserve and if all goes well with the reintroduction plans we will, shortly, have White-tailed sea eagles flying off the Island’s Heritage Coast in the not too distant future.
And later in the year the long-awaited review of our protected landscapes (the Glover Review) will be making recommendations to the Government about the future of land and seascapes and how they should be protected.
There is an expectation that the Glover Review will announce a radical overhaul of how National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are managed and funded with the potential to see the creation of city-wide National Parks and Marine National Parks as part of the mix of new landscape designations.
I would suggest that all these initiatives all have their merits, perhaps some more than others, yet to be truly successful and long lasting they all need strong public support – as without public engagement and clear facts people will not support them and they will, likely as not, fail.
So, the Wilder Solent campaign has a real role to play – in reaching out to the many audiences along the Solent coast – to get people involved, interested and above all fascinated about the fabulous marine environment we have around the Solent.
Photos: Pete Johnstone