Secrets of the Solent

If you have any questions about our Secrets of the Solent project, contact marine.enquiries@hiwwt.org.uk or if you would like to put yourself forward as a future ‘marine champion’ or citizen scientist, then please e-mail marine.volunteer@hiwwt.org.uk.

Secrets of the Solent

We have an amazing opportunity to keep our Solent wild and wonderful for years to come - with your help!

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £640,300 by Heritage Lottery Fund to fund the full 4 years of this project.

We would like to say thanks to the many people that supported the Development Phase of our Secrets of the Solent project. So many people have generously donated to our appeal, carried out fundraising and volunteered for a wide range of project activities. We would also like to thank all the National Lottery players out there; it just goes to show what can be achieved when we all stand up for local wildlife.

Secrets of the Solent will:

  • Create 'citizen science' projects, working with local volunteers to collect data about what’s on our shores and in our seas. This is a really important part of helping us push for greater government protections for the Solent.
  • Work with the fishing industry, restaurants and consumers to promote local sustainable seafood.
  • Build a team of ‘marine champions’ – an army of volunteers who can help protect the Solent and pass on their passion to others.
  • Make sure that as many people as possible get to know about the spectacular secrets of the Solent. Our hidden treasures will be brought to the surface through street art, photography and film.

Over the next few months we will be recruiting project staff and once they are in post it will be all systems go! Watch this space and keep any eye on our social media channels if you are interested in getting involved.