Introducing ReMEDIES

LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES is focusing on how sensitive seabed habitats are impacted by recreational activities. Together, our partnership aims to:

  • Reduce recreational pressures on sensitive habitats
  • Restore and protect sensitive habitats
  • Promote awareness of these habitats and their importance

ReMEDIES is funded by the EU LIFE programme and led by Natural England in partnership with The Royal Yachting Association, Marine Conservation Society, Ocean Conservation Trust and Plymouth City Council/Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum. See our Partners and Funders page for more information.

Helford River/Lewis Jefferies
Helford River/Lewis Jefferies
Solent seagrass/Project Baseline UK

Seeds collected for Solent seagrass restoration

Scuba divers have collected more than half a million seeds from healthy seagrass meadows around Osborne Bay, Yarmouth and Bouldnor in the Solent for replanting in parts of the Solent where seagrass has been lost or degraded. More seed collection dives will take place in Looe and Falmouth in Cornwall this month. It is part…

Restoration team - credit Ocean Conservation Trust

England’s largest seagrass planting programme underway

Today (21 April 2021), work on England’s largest seagrass planting effort is taking place in Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. It is estimated that the UK may have lost up to 92 per cent of its seagrass1. Factors including wasting disease, pollution and physical disturbance have been identified as contributing causes.  Seagrass meadows provide homes…

Yarmouth 2018 Zostera marina in foreground credit Tim Ferrero/Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Yarmouth is pioneering marine project’s new moorings

Two types of environmentally friendly moorings, known as Advanced Mooring Systems (AMS), have been installed in the Solent, near Yarmouth Harbour on the Isle of Wight. They are part of a trial being carried out by the LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES project, a marine conservation project to protect and restore the seabed at five areas along…

Zostera noltii/Jo Sinclair

Protecting the Essex Estuaries

We partnered Essex Wildlife Trust and trained a team of volunteers to conduct recreational activity observations along the Essex coastline over the summer. Alan Kavanagh, Natural England’s Essex Site Lead, and volunteer Cameron Alston, explain how and why we did it… Why Essex Estuaries? With 350 miles of varied coastline, Essex provides unique opportunities to…

Screw pile installation/Scott Finch

WATCH: Installing helical screw piles

Our team has been installing helical screw piles at Jennycliff and Cawsand Bays in Devon and Cornwall. They are to support Advanced Mooring Systems (AMS) for boat moorings, Voluntary No-Anchor Zone markers and swim markers. AMS have been specially designed to minimise interaction with the seabed, reducing the potential damage to sensitive seabed habitats. Watch…

Allegra at anchor/Jean-Luc Solandt

When volunteers help conservation

Science is difficult and must be done by professionals. Or must it? When Marine Conservation Society (MCS) was offered the chance to work with a volunteer yachtsman, Mr Chris Cooling, aboard his ocean-going yacht (Allegra), we grabbed the chance with both hands. In marine conservation, budgets aren’t at the levels required to map every single…