Manhood Peninsula Partnership https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk Fri, 05 Nov 2021 10:20:25 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.4 Met Office Climate Dashboard https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/climate-dashboard-indicators-of-change/ Fri, 05 Nov 2021 10:15:58 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4650 The climate is a complex system and it is changing fast. It can be hard to keep track of what is going on. The Met Office has put together a dashboard which gathers together the key indicators of climate change. The indicators are based on earth observations made at surface stations, by ships and buoys […]

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The climate is a complex system and it is changing fast. It can be hard to keep track of what is going on. The Met Office has put together a dashboard which gathers together the key indicators of climate change.

The indicators are based on earth observations made at surface stations, by ships and buoys at sea, from satellites and by observers and research teams around the world. These earth observing networks are crucial for understanding the changing climate.

Follow this link to discover the Met Office Climate Dashboard

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Chichester Harbour Events Nov 2021 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/chichester-harbour-events-nov-2021/ Tue, 02 Nov 2021 08:20:08 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4643   50th Anniversary Chichester Harbour Conservancy 1971 – 2021 What’s On? The full list of guided walks and activities until the end of March 2022 can be seen here. The solar-powered boat, Solar Heritage, is operating bird watching trips throughout the winter season. For the schedule and to book see here.  Every birding event is […]

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50th Anniversary
Chichester Harbour Conservancy
1971 – 2021
What’s On?

The full list of guided walks and activities until the end of March 2022 can be seen here.

The solar-powered boat, Solar Heritage, is operating bird watching trips throughout the winter season. For the schedule and to book see here.  Every birding event is led by a bird watching enthusiast.

Upcoming talks organised by the charity Friends of Chichester Harbour will be advertised on their website, for membership details and to see what’s on, see here.

Christmas gift ideas from the Conservancy

Thinking of what to buy your family and friends this Christmas – why not choose from the following?

New!   A pack of walks and cycle routes in the Chichester Harbour area is now available to buy from our Harbour Office. The 12 walks, 3 cycle routes and 7 easy access routes are all on sturdy, full colour A4 sheets with route information, maps, directions and photos.  The pack costs £12 and includes a clear popper storage wallet.

Vouchers for Solar Heritage boat trips can be bought from the Harbour Office at Itchenor.  Call in or phone 01243 513275.

The schedule of sailing trips for the 2022 season on board Oysterboat Terror will be published soon on her dedicated website, see hereTerror can take up to 6 paying passengers; choose from either single tickets or full boat charters.  Once the schedule is published you can book a trip up front for next season.

Photo Workshop - Saturday 22 January 2022
Treat the photographer to a day taking photos inspired by Chichester Harbour.  This session is led by professional photographer Iain McGowan and is based at Paynes Boatyard, a traditional boatyard in the Harbour.   A follow up session to share favourite shots will be held on Saturday 19 March.  The fee is £28 for both sessions. For more information and to book, see here.

The Final Duck Race Saturday 26 March 2022
Buy a duck in our final Duck Race, to be held on 26 March.  Our ducks, specially designed for racing, have been waiting since before the Covid era to get on the water.  We won’t be buying in any more as they are made of plastic, so, we are going to enjoy the fun of a race one last time and then take our ducks home to enjoy their company at bathtime.
For all ages, fee £5 per duck, to book see here.

Publication:  Exploring the Geology of Chichester Harbour by David Bone (2019)  £4.50 from the Harbour Office
A 48-page full colour A5 booklet by our local geology enthusiast and adviser, David Bone, about what lies under the Harbour landscape.  This is for everyone and not just for geologists, it gives a wonderful introduction to the geology of our local area that even I can understand (Judi).

 

50 years of the Conservancy
Part 11: Lifelong LearningUnderstanding the natural world is quite possibly the best example of the old saying ‘the more you know, the more you realise you don’t know’!  Chichester Harbour is an area of great beauty, a wide variety of habitats and a wealth of wildlife.  So much to learn about! At times, though, it can also be very full of people….Back in 1971 when the Conservancy was formed by Act of Parliament, one of its new responsibilities was to help people learn and understand more about the Harbour so that we could all to do our bit to help look after it.   The new Director and Harbourmaster, Ian MacKay, introduced a regular newsletter, for everyone, not just boating people but also for local residents and visitors.  The Harbour News was first published in December 1974.  These days we have the annual Information for Mariners booklet and the seasonal issues of Harbour Life.

In the 1970s a volunteer, Joan Edom, agreed to be the first conservation warden for the Conservancy, though at this time it was just a voluntary role.  Joan was instrumental in getting Nutbourne Marshes designated a local nature reserve in 1976.  Another lasting legacy was the regular winter-season bird watching walks that Joan set up for nearly every Sunday from mid-November to mid-February each winter until her retirement in 1987.  Joan retired once a salaried post had been established and this was held by James Fennell for and she kept up the tradition of the regular Sunday walks at Nutbourne for many years.

In 1996 I (Judi) joined the AONB team as Education and Interpretation Warden, initially to answer ‘Dear Harbourmaster’ letters from school pupils working on their school projects.  It involved a lot of photocopying as this was in the days before most people had computers and the internet was just a very new idea.  Not long after I started work I decided that it would be better if I got out and about in the AONB to meet people and talk about the Harbour area.  Very soon the year-round walks and activities programme was established which has continued to this day, well, apart from the Covid Lockdown era when I spent a lot more time working on projects at a desk.

The long-standing bird walks that Joan established have these days been largely replaced by regular bird watching trips on the Solar Heritage.  There is a birding enthusiast on every one to help identify what we see.  One bird watching walk at Nutbourne is still led each year in memory of Joan Edom.  This year it will be at 8am on Sunday 21 November, see here for details and to book.   Another one is planned for World Wetlands Day on 2 February, see here, and this one will be at West Wittering.

Alongside the walks and activities for the public I also worked on establishing school field trips to the Harbour.  I was particularly thankful to Central Primary School in Chichester (now called St Joseph’s CE Junior School) who kindly sent groups to try out new field visits with me.  It soon became clear that I needed ‘shelter and toilets’ and in 1999 a new classroom was opened in an old store on the quay at Dell Quay.  The very first event that year was a gathering to watch the solar eclipse.

The following year a new post of Education Warden was established and taken on by John Tierney who further developed the range of educational visits and the number of field trips that continues to this day, now managed by Jane Latawski, who started out as one of the team of field teachers.  John was a popular member of the Conservancy staff and will be long-remembered also for heading up a fun sea shanty group called the Harbour Buoys.

On the water, the Conservancy’s Patrol Team are out and about from Easter to the end of October assisting harbour users, maintaining the byelaws, and helping people to understand the rules of boating activities.  Sometimes the determination of dinghy racers and the pottering of skippers in their cruisers doesn’t always mix well and the Patrol Team are on hand to help explain the need to be respectful of others and of course for wildlife too.

In 2004, two new projects got underway that we still enjoy today – the purchase of the solar powered boat, the Solar Heritage and the renovation of Emsworth’s Victorian oyster-boat Terror.  These were made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery.  The solar boat was brought in to be a vessel that could take the public out to see the Harbour from the water and also be a demonstration of ‘clean’ vessel power, as she is entirely solar powered.   We are so pleased that she is now at the forefront of new thinking in green power as we cope with responding to climate change.  The Victorian sailing boat Terror was renovated to represent the history of the once-famous Emsworth Oysters that were considered some of the best in the country.  Both vessels offer wonderful trips out on the water and the opportunity to learn a bit more at the same time.

In 2014 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the AONB designation (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).  I remember that year very well as I coordinated a series of kite-making workshops with local schools – I lost count of how many kits were prepared!

The latest learning is all about the new initiative called CHaPRON, which stands for Chichester Harbour Protection and Recovery of Nature. Following a study by Natural England all protected landscapes (National Parks and AONBs) are being asked to up their game in developing projects for the protection of nature.  The Conservancy is particularly concerned with the ongoing loss of saltmarsh within the Harbour area.  Sarah Chatfield who used to work in the Education Team has now taken on the role of Nature Recovery Manager.  There is a fund of money for projects to help habitats and wildlife in the AONB.  If you know of anyone who is a landowner (small and big) within the AONB who is willing to implement a new project for wildlife then please get in touch with Sarah at sarah.chatfield@conservancy.co.uk    If you would like to learn more about this brand new initiative email judi.darley@conservancy.co.uk for Sarah's summary

Our series of 12 small films on the past 50 years of the Conservancy are progressing.  We (myself Judi and Shirley, volunteer camera-operator) are now working on Part 10: The Heritage Lottery Years.  Soon, all of parts 1 to 8 should available to view on our website (under Education) or on Youtube (type in Chichester Harbour Conservancy).  Shirley and I think that we have improved our vlogging skills with each one, perhaps we should advise everyone to see them in reverse order?!

Vlogging project - meeting Richard and Ann Williamson

 

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Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/natural-and-nature-based-features-for-flood-risk-management/ Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:06:08 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4641 The International Guidelines on Natural and Nature Based Features (NNBF) for Flood Risk Management are now available. The guidelines provide practitioners with the best available information concerning the conceptualization, planning, design, engineering, construction, and maintenance of NNBF to support resilience and flood risk reduction for coastlines, bays, and estuaries, as well as river and freshwater […]

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The International Guidelines on Natural and Nature Based Features (NNBF) for Flood Risk Management are now available. The guidelines provide practitioners with the best available information concerning the conceptualization, planning, design, engineering, construction, and maintenance of NNBF to support resilience and flood risk reduction for coastlines, bays, and estuaries, as well as river and freshwater systems.

Follow this link to find to more about the International Guidelines on Natural and Nature Based Features for Flood Risk Management

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People and Nature Survey https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/people-and-nature-survey/ Tue, 19 Oct 2021 14:57:00 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4639 The People and Nature Survey for England gathers evidence and trend data through an online survey relating to people’s enjoyment, access, understanding of and attitudes to the natural environment, and it’s contributions to wellbeing. Follow this link to find out more about the People & Nature Survey Follow this link to view the fun infographic […]

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The People and Nature Survey for England gathers evidence and trend data through an online survey relating to people’s enjoyment, access, understanding of and attitudes to the natural environment, and it’s contributions to wellbeing.

Follow this link to find out more about the People & Nature Survey

Follow this link to view the fun infographic showing the results from the People & Nature Survey

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New Forum To Clean up Water in Solent Region https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/new-forum-to-clean-up-water-in-solent-region/ Wed, 11 Aug 2021 07:46:34 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4557 MPs from across south Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight have launched a new forum to drive improvements in water quality in local harbours and the wider Solent region. These provide unique habitats for plants and wildlife, as well as being used extensively by water sports enthusiasts. MPs from across south Hampshire, West […]

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MPs from across south Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight have launched a new forum to drive improvements in water quality in local harbours and the wider Solent region. These provide unique habitats for plants and wildlife, as well as being used extensively by water sports enthusiasts.

MPs from across south Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight have launched a new forum to drive improvements in water quality in local harbours and the wider Solent region. These provide unique habitats for plants and wildlife, as well as being used extensively by water sports enthusiasts.

Follow this link to read more about the new forum

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IPCC Report: Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/ipcc-report-climate-change-2021-the-physical-science-basis/ Wed, 11 Aug 2021 07:07:12 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4611 Scientists are observing changes in the Earth's climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, released today. Many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, and some of the changes already […]

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Scientists are observing changes in the Earth's climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, released today. Many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, and some of the changes already set in motion -- such as continued sea level rise -- are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years.

 

However, strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases would limit climate change. While benefits for air quality would come quickly, it could take 20-30 years to see global temperatures stabilize, according to the IPCC Working Group I report, Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis, approved on Friday by 195 member governments of the IPCC, through a virtual approval session that was held over two weeks starting on July 26.

 

The Working Group I report is the first instalment of the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), which will be completed in 2022.

Follow this link to read the IPCC Report Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis

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10 fabulous floating homes https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/10-fabulous-floating-homes/ Wed, 11 Aug 2021 07:04:36 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4613 As the demand for housing increases and land becomes a scarcer commodity, more and more people are embracing alternative ways of living – and that's where this innovative solution comes in. With 71% of the Earth covered in water, these nifty floating homes show that you don't need solid ground to create a truly spectacular place to live. […]

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As the demand for housing increases and land becomes a scarcer commodity, more and more people are embracing alternative ways of living – and that's where this innovative solution comes in. With 71% of the Earth covered in water, these nifty floating homes show that you don't need solid ground to create a truly spectacular place to live.

Click or scroll to take a look at the world's most impressive buoyant buildings...

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Arctic melt-water leads to enhanced storms https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/arctic-melt-water-leads-to-enhanced-storms/ Sun, 25 Jul 2021 11:18:12 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4608 Freshwater in the ocean leads to extreme cold patches in the North Atlantic, which has major implications for weather over the surrounding land-masses. This is according to National Oceanography Centre (NOC) led research published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Letters last year. This is according to National Oceanography Centre (NOC) led research published in the Journal of […]

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Freshwater in the ocean leads to extreme cold patches in the North Atlantic, which has major implications for weather over the surrounding land-masses.

This is according to National Oceanography Centre (NOC) led research published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Letters last year.

This is according to National Oceanography Centre (NOC) led research published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Letters this week.

Lead author, Marilena Oltmanns, from the NOC, said “Traditionally, it was thought that freshwater leads to a decline in the large-scale ocean overturning circulation, which then results in a cooling of the North Atlantic. Our new study shows that freshwater achieves this cooling much more rapidly and efficiently by triggering atmospheric feedbacks.”

Freshwater creates shallower surface layers that adjust faster to the lower air temperature in autumn and winter. This increases the north-south temperature gradient, promoting the occurrence of storms. The storms in turn reinforce the cooling by triggering increased ocean heat losses and redirecting the regional ocean circulation. Accordingly, past freshwater events have been followed by an extremely cold ocean surface in the subpolar North Atlantic in winter and major changes in large-scale weather patterns.

“The winter 2015–2016, following the largest freshwater event over 40 years, demonstrates the potential that can be expected the initiated storms. This winter featured a strong cyclone over the subpolar North Atlantic, triggering cold air outbreaks along the west coast of the North Atlantic (over Canada and the US) and severe flooding events along the eastern side, including over the UK.”

This research forms part of the NOC’s commitment to enhancing understanding of variability in the weather and climate. It is a collaboration with GEOMAR in Germany and the University of Toronto in Canada and forms part of the EU Projects Blue Action and AtlantOS and the UK NERC projects CLASS and ACSIS.

Follow this link to read more about how Arctic melt-water leads to enhanced storms

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BeFloodReady https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/befloodready/ Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:48:14 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4559 BeFloodReady provides guidance and information on Property Flood Resilience (PFR), helping homes, businesses and communities to BeFloodReady Historically, flooding has had a significant impact on homes, businesses and communities across the UK. As climate change leads to more intense storms and sea level rise, these risks are continuing to grow. Increasing flood resilience at each […]

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BeFloodReady provides guidance and information on Property Flood Resilience (PFR), helping homes, businesses and communities to BeFloodReady

Historically, flooding has had a significant impact on homes, businesses and communities across the UK. As climate change leads to more intense storms and sea level rise, these risks are continuing to grow. Increasing flood resilience at each individual property at risk is crucial to reduce the impact of flooding.

BeFloodReady is your local source of information and guidance on flood risk management, Property Flood Resilience (PFR) and how you can BeFloodReady.

Follow this link to the BeFloodReady website - https://www.befloodready.uk/?nowprocket=1

Watch a great new short video by Aardman Animation about how to be flood ready, see:  BeFloodReady: Missy's Tale by Aardman Animations

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MMO South Marine Plan 3 year report https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/mmo-south-marine-plan-3-year-report/ Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:28:37 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4555 The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is pleased to announce that the first Three-Year Report on the South Marine Plan was published by Defra on 14 July 2021. The South Marine Plan was adopted in July 2018. The publication of the Report marks the conclusion of over 12 months of work in gathering data, analysing the findings and reporting on the effectiveness, and effects, of the plan policies, including the wider changes […]

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The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is pleased to announce that the first Three-Year Report on the South Marine Plan was published by Defra on 14 July 2021.

The South Marine Plan was adopted in July 2018. The publication of the Report marks the conclusion of over 12 months of work in gathering data, analysing the findings and reporting on the effectiveness, and effects, of the plan policies, including the wider changes in context. The report also considers the progress made towards achieving the Plan objectives and the High Level Marine Objectives (HLMOs) as set out in the Marine Policy Statement.

The Report identified that whilst the policy landscape has changed since 2018, the Plan remains relevant and broadly aligned with national and local priorities. Positive progress has also been made towards embedding the Plan within the decision-making process. Similarly, the Report shows positive findings regarding the implementation of the Plan, with signs that many of the specific plan policies are having their intended effect.

The MMO and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are currently considering the future of marine plans. The outcome does not have a bearing on the conclusion of the Report. In the future, it may be relevant to consider the conclusions again, in line with a future scope of marine plan preparation.

The Rt Hon George Eustice MP Secretary of State Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs agreed with the MMOs recommendation that the South Plan is to be retained and not amended at this time.

The first Three-Year Report for the South Marine Plan can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/three-year-technical-report-on-the-south-inshore-and-south-offshore-marine-plan.

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