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.
New project to restore seagrass and tackle climate change launches
Today Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust launched an exciting new partnership with Boskalis Westminster Ltd to undertake a…
Seagrass: A Seabed Superhero
Have you ever heard of seagrass? This amazing plant provides an impressive list of environmental services – supplying vital habitat to…
Mud Matters – Protecting Portsmouth’s ‘Squelchy Super Substance’
Along with The RSPB, we are opposing a damaging development proposal at Tipner in Portsmouth, that will destroy an area vital for nature…
My Wild Life: Kelly Wetherick
As our Wildbeach project draws to a close, Kelly Wetherick reflects on her time running this blend of exploration and learning on the…
Discover the world of these magnificent marine mammals with Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Skomer Island warden, Nathan Wilkie…
Now You See Me: Marine Masters of Disguise
When evading predators and hunting prey, stealth is often key. Luckily our marine life has lots of cunning ways to hide in plain sight,…
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