England’s largest seagrass restoration continues in Plymouth Sound

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Analysis exhibits no less than 44% of the UK’s seagrass has been misplaced since 1936. This restoration work is a part of England’s largest seagrass planting effort below the LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES partnership, led by Pure England.

The partnership’s restoration lead – Ocean Conservation Belief (OCT) – is finishing up 1 hectare of planting on 7 and 23 March, at Jennycliff Bay in Plymouth Sound. This might be along with the 1.5 hectares of seagrass planted there final 12 months as a part of the venture.

It includes an enormous contribution from volunteers, who will be part of the ReMEDIES partnership on the Nationwide Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth for five days of seed bag packing throughout March.

Fiona Crouch, Pure England Mission Supervisor for ReMEDIES, stated: Restoring seagrass meadows means restoring the advantages they convey to folks and nature – important houses for wildlife, enhanced water high quality, carbon storage, and a lot extra.

Brent Goose, copyright Richard Stonier, from the surfbirds galleries

Illness, air pollution, and bodily disturbance has all contributed to the lack of seagrass. However seagrass is a crucial habitat, offering houses for sea life together with juvenile fish and guarded creatures like seahorses and stalked jellyfish. Seagrass additionally helps stabilise the seabed, cut back coastal erosion, clear surrounding water, and could be as efficient at absorbing and storing carbon as our woodlands.

Mark Parry, Improvement Officer on the Ocean Conservation Belief, stated: After the success of our earlier planting effort, we’re excited to be getting underway once more. These occasions take a variety of arduous work, planning and preparation, and wouldn’t achieve success with out the assistance of our neighborhood. We’re so happy with what number of volunteers are prepared to dedicate their time to assist restore such an essential habitat, inside what will be the UK’s first ever Nationwide Marine Park.

The 4-year ReMEDIES venture (July 2019 to October 2023) goals to plant a complete of 8 hectares of seagrass meadows – 4 hectares in Plymouth Sound and 4 hectares within the Solent Maritime Particular Space of Conservation. In mid-March, planting will start on the Solent restoration website west of the mouth of the Beaulieu River, adjoining to the North Solent Nationwide Nature Reserve shoreline.

Discover out extra about LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES by following on Twitter, Instagram, and Fb @EULIFERemedies, or visiting www.saveourseabed.co.uk.

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