Secrets of the Solent

Secrets of the Solent

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The Solent is a special place, with endless surprises just beneath its surface. There are vast seagrass meadows and intricate chalk reefs, as well as fascinating species like seahorses, thresher sharks, and cuttlefish.

Our exciting new project Secrets of the Solent will shine a spotlight on this vibrant marine environment. Over four busy years we'll celebrate our extraordinary waters, the amazing people and wildlife that share them, and the inspiring work being done to safeguard their future.

We’ll be joining forces with those who use the Solent for work or leisure to defend vulnerable species and habitats, and collaborating with restaurants and businesses to champion the local sustainable fishing industry.

We'll collect vital wildlife data to help secure better protections, and bring the secret underwater world to life on land through street art and photography. Throughout, we'll empower an army of marine volunteers to share their passion for the Solent with others.

Secrets of the Solent is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We want to thank them and everyone who has given their time and resources to making the project happen - we couldn't have done it without you.

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