We protect our coast and sea
As you look out from a local beach it is sometimes hard to imagine anything living beneath the grey waves. Yet the seas around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are home to some wonderful animals and plants including the colourful dahlia anemone, the magical seahorse and the beautiful cuckoo wrasse. And that’s not all; we have some of the best examples in the country of golden-green meadows of seagrasses and some of the richest areas for skates and rays.
Our seas are also an amazing life support system. They absorb vast quantities of carbon dioxide, while releasing oxygen for us to breathe, they provide us with essential resources like seafood and renewable energy, and they create an exciting environment for sport, learning, and relaxation.