Manhood Peninsula Partnership https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk Fri, 06 May 2022 09:39:51 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.6 CHASM sonde and telemetry https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/chasm-sonde-and-telemetry/ Fri, 06 May 2022 09:39:51 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4717 CHASM has been working with the Environment Agency to measure water quality parameters in Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex so we can look at some of the environmental factors that might be affecting crabs and lobsters in the area. Recently they deployed a real-time water quality monitor on the West Pole Beacon just outside the entrance […]

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CHASM has been working with the Environment Agency to measure water quality parameters in Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex so we can look at some of the environmental factors that might be affecting crabs and lobsters in the area. Recently they deployed a real-time water quality monitor on the West Pole Beacon just outside the entrance to Chichester Harbour. The reason for monitoring is to help determine factors affecting crabs, lobsters and other marine life in the area.

The data collection unit is a sonde linked to a telemetry unit that beams our data out to space and returns it to the EA National Data Monitoring unit in Reading.  The data gathered will enable us to monitor temperature, conductivity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll every 15 minutes. The site is a meeting point for a number of water bodies, including Chichester Harbour, Bracklesham Bay, and the Solent. It will be exciting to see what the data shows!

Many thanks to the Environment Agency National Data Monitoring Unit for agreeing to use the site as feasiblity study; to the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project whose funding made this possible, and to Chichester Harbour Conservancy for doing the hard work of getting the unit installed!

 

Watch the data as it is gathered using the following hyperlink:

https://telemetry-data.com/open?profile=WESTPOLE

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Chichester Harbour https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/chichester-harbour-5/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 17:09:55 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4709 Springtime is here! The Solar Heritage undergoes annual maintenance this month but details of boat trips from Wednesday 4 May onwards are now available to book.   Please see here for details. The Conservancy’s Victorian Oysterboat Terror also undergoes annual maintenance this month. Public sailing trips of 2 to 2 ½ hours start again on14 May. Please […]

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Springtime is here!

The Solar Heritage undergoes annual maintenance this month but details of boat trips from Wednesday 4 May onwards are now available to book.   Please see here for details.

The Conservancy’s Victorian Oysterboat Terror also undergoes annual maintenance this month. Public sailing trips of 2 to 2 ½ hours start again on14 May. Please see here for more details and to book.

The Conservancy’s annual programme of guided walks has been paused for now following the retirement of Communities Officer Judi Darley.

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

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IPCC Sixth Assessment Report https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/ipcc-sixth-assessment-report/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 14:02:27 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4697 The IPCC Sixth Assessment Report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change. To read the report please follow this link: Climate Change 2022: […]

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The IPCC Sixth Assessment Report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change.

To read the report please follow this link: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

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Climate Resilience & Adaptation https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/climate-resilience-adaptation/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 13:50:08 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4693 Climate Resilience and Adaptation – ICZM 2021 has been written to provide parishes, communities and environmental groups on the Manhood Peninsula with information and practical ideas about climate change issues affecting the peninsula. The document is intended to accompany Towards ICZM on the Manhood Peninsula, produced during the Coastal Change Pathfinder Project in 2011. Climate Resilience […]

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Climate Resilience and Adaptation – ICZM 2021 has been written to provide parishes, communities and environmental groups on the Manhood Peninsula with information and practical ideas about climate change issues affecting the peninsula. The document is intended to accompany Towards ICZM on the Manhood Peninsula, produced during the Coastal Change Pathfinder Project in 2011.

Climate Resilience and Adaptation aims to:

  • Highlight the issues that communities face in order to adapt and become more resilient to climate change
  • Promote building on sites at lowest risk from flooding now, and those that will remain at low risk in future, or in a water compatible way.
  • Promote development which is resilient to sea level rise and coastal change
  • Ensure consideration is made for the appropriate life time of a development, taking into account coastal erosion, flooding, and whether/when homeowners may be willing to abandon property – 100 years or 300?
  • Demonstrate the need to update existing long term Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) plans and policies for the coastal plain, including Towards ICZM on the Manhood Peninsula produced during the Coastal Change Pathfinder Project in 2011.
  • Promote development that strengthens the area’s economic, environmental and social resilience to climate change
  • Promote development that strengthens the area’s sense of place derived from tourism and food production, the major economic sectors on the peninsula.
  • Ensure natural capital and nature based solutions are considered in relation to climate change resilience, mitigation and adaptation.

Please follow this link to download the Climate Change Resilience & Adaptation document

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World Wetlands https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/world-wetlands/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 14:17:09 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4680 By the time most people read this World Wetlands Day 2022 will have been and gone. However this doesn't mean we should now put wetlands on a shelf to be looked at later. On the contrary, wetlands have a hugely important role to play in holding carbon and allowing us to envisage what will work […]

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By the time most people read this World Wetlands Day 2022 will have been and gone. However this doesn't mean we should now put wetlands on a shelf to be looked at later. On the contrary, wetlands have a hugely important role to play in holding carbon and allowing us to envisage what will work for us and the marine environment in terms of nature based solutions. Estuary wetlands are important. Here is what Chichester Harbour Conservancy has to say:

The RAMSAR Convention signed in 1971 lists all the wetlands in the world that are considered of international importance and Chichester Harbour is on this list.

This was the first of the modern global environmental agreements and is the only one devoted to a specific ecosystem.

Some facts:

  • 35% of the world’s wetlands have been lost since 1970, that is, in only 50 years.
  • Wetlands are disappearing 3 x faster than forests.
  • Wetland-dependent plants and animals are at risk of dying out.
  • Human wellbeing, livelihoods and the health of the planet are threatened.
  • Coastal wetlands sequester and store carbon up to 55 x faster than tropical rainforests.
  • Historically, wetlands were seen as empty wastelands. Humans have degraded them in five ways:
  1. They drained them and infilled them. Remains of Victorian drainage pipes can be found on the Harbour shoreline.
  2. Over-extraction of water.  Water is extracted from the South Downs aquifer at such a rate that it will have affected the volume of water flowing down streams to the Harbour.
  3.  Historically, sewage treatment works were built near the towns and cities and drained into the nearest water course.  Waste water is screened for solids and some works have UV treatment.  Waste water is still diluted and let go with minimum screening when mixed with large volumes of storm water. Waste water still contains nutrients, medicines and other dissolved contaminants when discharged into the environment.
  4.  Fish are a vital part of the coastal inshore food chain.  For some years now the Fisheries Authority (IFCA) have designated Chichester Harbour a protected area for bass.
  5. People are heard saying that the seals eat all the fish.  However, thinking about it, if there were no fish there wouldn’t be any seals.
  6. Climate change.  Sea level rise is a confirmed fact.  In the past few hundred years humans have built hard defences.    As sea level rises, the shoreline should be allowed to progress inland but in many places this can’t happen due to the sea defences.  When the distance of inter-tidal habitat between high and low tide is shortened, the first habitat to get knocked out is the saltmarsh.  If nothing is done then the inter-tidal habitat disappears as it get covered by sea water all the time.  This means that wildlife such as waders and some wildfowl will no longer be able to feed on the mud and will disappear.  Most waders don’t swim, they paddle, and they can’t dive for their food.

What actions should we take?

Value:
We must value the multiple benefits of wetlands and how they can offer nature-based solutions.

Restore:
We must work to restore wetlands to revive the inter-tidal area, biodiversity and life.

Manage:
We must managed wetlands wisely and use them sustainably to conserve and maintain a healthy system.

  • As biodiversity hotspots
  • As carbon sinks
  • As natural sea defences
  • As sources of livelihoods and recreation

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Chichester Harbour Events https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/chichester-harbour-events-6/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 14:03:14 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4678 Chichester Harbour Conservancy have compiled a new list of their inspiring, informative events celebrating the natural wonders of Chichester Harbour. Please see here for the full list of events until the end of March 2022. At February half term there will be a family fun session at Dell Quay with harbour-related activities both outdoors and in […]

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Chichester Harbour Conservancy have compiled a new list of their inspiring, informative events celebrating the natural wonders of Chichester Harbour. Please see here for the full list of events until the end of March 2022.

At February half term there will be a family fun session at Dell Quay with harbour-related activities both outdoors and in the classroom.  For more details and to book see here.

The Solar Heritage is operating two more bird watching trips this season, 6 and 20 February.  Please see here for details and to book.

Check out the Harbour Tots sessions for families at the Education Centre at Dell Quay.

Young people (16-19 years) with an interest in conservation and the environment and not afraid to get their hands dirty - why not join our Youth Rangers session - book here - it's free of charge.

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.

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CHASM Project Report 2020-2021 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/chasm-project-report-2020-2021/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 13:56:07 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4676 Since early 2020 the first stages of a project concentrating on lobsters and sediment has been taking place in the seas surrounding the Manhood Peninsula south of Chichester, West Sussex, notably near Selsey Bill and Bracklesham Bay. This is the CHASM Project (CHASM | Manhood Peninsula Partnership). The acronym stands for Crustaceans, Habitat And Sediment […]

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Since early 2020 the first stages of a project concentrating on lobsters and sediment has been taking place in the seas surrounding the Manhood Peninsula south of Chichester, West Sussex, notably near Selsey Bill and Bracklesham Bay. This is the CHASM Project (CHASM | Manhood Peninsula Partnership). The acronym stands for Crustaceans, Habitat And Sediment Movement.

The project began following Sea’s the Day (Sea’s the Day | Manhood Peninsula Partnership), during which questions were raised by the fishermen of Selsey Bill with respect to why so few lobsters were being caught locally, and why such a large influx of sediment had arrived in their fishing grounds.

The initial stages were undertaken by Channel Coast Observatory and University of Brighton. The aim was to review existing data in order to establish a baseline indicating knowledge gaps, and in doing so, show the direction of travel necessary for future work. This forms the basis of the first CHASM Report 2020-2021.

The report doesn’t aim to draw conclusions with respect to the definitive reasons behind environmental change and lobster decline - this will be a long road, on which we have only just embarked. It has served to direct our thoughts on next steps however, and there is a whole list of subject areas to be explored from now on that should finally be able to provide an answer.

The project is slowly changing emphasis, and instead of looking only at crabs and lobsters, is beginning to look more closely at the seawater and seabed they inhabit.  In addition, water quality and environmental change are both affected by factors such as climate change and intense urbanisation on the south coast and in temperate zones generally. It is essential to gain knowledge of why lobsters declined, and sediment conditions changed before determining whether it is possible to restore the previous status quo.

One of the main points to emphasise is that this is a review of existing data with, and the analysis of only a very small amount of new sediment data was possible. Covid was not our friend in this respect, but since laboratories reopened analysis work has restarted and will be reported on in due course.

It is hoped that the ongoing research will benefit other projects on the south coast but will also prove an effective model to roll out to other temperate regions.

Key partners in the report are the Manhood Peninsula Partnership, Channel Coast Observatory, University of Brighton, and Chichester District Council. A huge amount of support was received during the period covered by the report from the fishermen of Selsey Bill, and project partners Mulberry-ME, and Southsea SAC to whom huge thanks are due.

Please download the report below:

CHASM Project Report (2020 – 2021)

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Pagham Harbour https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/pagham-harbour-7/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:32:12 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4663 Pagham Harbour is a glorious and peaceful nature reserve, one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast. This sheltered inlet is an internationally important wetland site for wildlife. Watch black-tailed godwits and little egrets by day, then linger when skies are clear for an amazing sunset. Follow this link to find out more […]

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Pagham Harbour is a glorious and peaceful nature reserve, one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast. This sheltered inlet is an internationally important wetland site for wildlife. Watch black-tailed godwits and little egrets by day, then linger when skies are clear for an amazing sunset.

Follow this link to find out more about Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve

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Medmerry Global Standard https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/medmerry-global-standard/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:27:00 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4661 An Environment Agency-led award-winning coastal habitat creation and flood alleviation scheme on the West Sussex coast has successfully piloted a new global standard for nature-based solutions established by the world-leading authority on conservation of nature. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) developed the Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions for use by governments, businesses, […]

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An Environment Agency-led award-winning coastal habitat creation and flood alleviation scheme on the West Sussex coast has successfully piloted a new global standard for nature-based solutions established by the world-leading authority on conservation of nature.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) developed the Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions for use by governments, businesses, investors, communities and NGOs to ensure that nature-based solutions reach their potential to address societal challenges, such as climate change and biodiversity loss.

IUCN worked with the Environment Agency to pilot the Global Standard using the Medmerry managed realignment project on the West Sussex coast.

Follow this link to read more about Medmerry and the Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions

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COP26 Wetlands https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/cop26-wetlands/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:19:11 +0000 https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/?p=4659 Coastal wetlands are some of the most biologically rich on earth. At the recent COP26 Summit a film was shown discussing wetlands. Follow this link to see the COP26 film about Wetlands

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Coastal wetlands are some of the most biologically rich on earth. At the recent COP26 Summit a film was shown discussing wetlands.

Follow this link to see the COP26 film about Wetlands

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