We invite local NGOs who are committed to the Solent to add a small item here. It is valuable that there are NGO groups that focus sharply on specific issues. We try to stand back a little to see where the best long term balance between threats and solution lies. But we do believe in free and open discussion. So we are pleased to give them air here.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
We are the leading nature conservation charity in the two counties. For more than 50 years, we have protected local wildlife and inspired people to love nature.
- We manage 48 nature reserves
- We are supported by 27,000 members
- Our work is made possible by 900 volunteers
[We asked HIWWT to give us some information for our website about the environmental stresses on the Solent. They said
The largest wild carnivores found locally are the Grey Seal and Common Seal. Studies by Hampshire and Isle of Wildlife Trust have revealed that individual Common Seals, tagged in the Solent, can travel distances of 60km from their haul out sites and dive to depths of over 50m, to forage.
Overwintering Coastal Birds
In winter the wetlands of the Solent support a total of around 150,000 birds from as far afield as the arctic and the southern oceans. The flocks of Dark Bellied Brent Geese that winter locally represent 10-13% of the world population. At high tide, counts of 3000 strong flocks of Brent Geese have been recorded at Hampshire and Isle Wight Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve, Farlington Marshes, making it the most significant site in Hampshire for these special seasonal visitors.
Our coastline is home to two species of seagrass, the only group of flowering plants in the world able to live fully immersed in sea water. Seagrass beds are important habitat for marine wildlife. Underwater, the dense cover of leaves acts as a nursery for juvenile fish and crustaceans, like shrimps and crabs, and provide shelter from strong currents and predators. Seahorses favour these areas and anchor to the plants using their tails. Detailed surveys by the Trust have revealed seagrass beds in the Solent extending over 650ha.”]
For more information visit http://www.hiwwt.org.uk/