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.
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,…
An Easy Guide to Eco-Crabbing
Crabbing is a great way to learn about our marine life, but isn't always fun for the crabs themselves! Next time you go, follow…
My Wild Life: Sheila Fallone
Isle of Wight resident Sheila reflects on taking primary school learning outdoors with our Wildbeach project.
My Wild Life: Erica Williams
Erica, one of our Marine Champions, shares how she brought her passion for nature and volunteering into her work life.
Grand Designs: The Reef Builders of our Seas
For most of us, an architectural achievement means assembling a bookcase from IKEA. But some marine species build structures that…
Grub's Up: Marine Life with Tasty Names
Feeling hungry? These marine species may sound delicious, but trust us when we say you wouldn't want them on your plate!
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