Studland to Portland reef to get special protection

Over 330 square km of marine habitat off the coast of Dorset will be given greater protection, Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon announced today. The site located at Studland to Portland is over half the size of the New Forest National Park, and has been submitted by the Government to the European Commission to become a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
When designated it will complete England’s network of coastal SACs and will mean its reefs will be protected from damaging human activities and its rare features conserved. Read more on the DeFRA website…

For more information on marine protected areas go to: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/marine/protect/mpa 

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Construction set to start on major sea defence scheme for Deal

The Environment Agency will begin work on a £10 million sea defence project running along the Kent coast. The ambitious scheme will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to 1,418 homes and 148 commercial properties in the town & will also protect other key assets including the Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay Special Protection Area and Ramsar Site, the Sandwich Bay Special Area of Conservation; the railway line between Ramsgate and Dover in addition to historic monuments and listed buildings in North Deal.
The project will see a new 200m long rock barrier being created north of Sandown Castle that will significantly improve the standard of protection from coastal flooding and reduce the risk of a breach. This is in addition to 120,000 cubic metres of shingle being delivered via a pipeline from an offshore dredger to bolster the beach against the tides. The shingle will act as a natural defence against tidal wave action and will be moved into place with bulldozers and dumper trucks from mid September. Read more on the Environment Agency website…