With miles of stunning coastline, a shallow strait, and easy access to the seas beyond, our two counties share a wonderful marine environment. As well as being vital to our health and wellbeing, our waters bring fun, employment, and inspiration to thousands of people each day, and are central to our region's identity.
Unfortunately our marine wildlife is struggling to cope with increasing pressure from human activity. Our coastal habitats are being damaged and many amazing species are in danger of disappearing altogether. Nature is at a tipping point, and if we want to stop further decline then we must act now.
The Wildlife Trusts are on a mission to make our world wilder, and Wilder Solent is exploring what this looks like for our region's waters. We're still working hard to protect the marine environment, from monitoring vulnerable species to campaigning for legal protections, but we need your help to tip the balance in nature's favour.
We're working with partners both locally and nationally to protect the marine environment.
There are lots of ways to support the marine environment both with us and independently.
Marine news and blogs
It's an exciting time for marine developments - hear about our activities in this area.
Isle of Wight receives first marine wildlife mural by renowned street artist ATM
The mural is one of two that will be painted on the island as part of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s marine project,…
Meet the tompot blenny - ‘The small fish with a big personality’
Marine wildlife expert Paul Naylor dives into the world of one of his favourite fish
New Seabin installed in Lymington Harbour
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have installed a new Seabin at Lymington Harbour.
Huge thresher shark is the latest of six murals to be painted around the Solent this summer
The murals celebrate the Solent’s extraordinary marine life – with the latest marking the start of National Marine Week.
Make this July plastic free
The Plastic Free July campaign began in 2011, as a way of encouraging people to try going plastic-free for a month, and hopefully beyond…
Marine projects making a splash in the Solent this summer
Secrets of the Solent will continue to highlight the fascinating marine life around our coast in new ways this summer through a variety…
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