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A First for the Solent: Osborne Bay Voluntary No Anchor Zone Installed

Osborne Bay hosts an expansive seagrass bed that is showing signs of damage from anchoring and mooring pressures. Surveys indicate a high level of this activity in the bay. Reducing and removing these pressures will allow the seagrass bed to naturally recover and flourish. Natural England led the introduction of a Voluntary No Anchor Zone…

Seagrass, Isles of Scilly. Credit Michiel Vos/Ocean Image Bank

New boat mooring system paves way for significant seagrass rewilding

A pioneering project by the Marine Conservation Society and the Ocean Conservation Trust has recorded significant seagrass regrowth in Plymouth Sound, whilst continuing to allow safe boat mooring. Four years following the installation of a new ‘Advanced Mooring System’, the Marine Conservation Society and partners at the Ocean Conservation Trust report a 212% increase in…

Seagrass awareness boards unveiled at marinas across Plymouth

Interpretation boards help boat users navigate sensitive seabed habitats The new seagrass information boards in Plymouth are the first to be installed at marinas and harbours in five key seagrass sites in the South of England. The first of these boards, funded by the LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES Project, were installed at six marinas across Plymouth,…

4,000 Seagrass plants deployed in Plymouth Sound

Our work on England’s largest seagrass restoration effort continues in Plymouth Sound National Marine Park this summer.  ReMEDIES restoration lead the Ocean Conservation Trust (OCT), have planted 100 seagrass pillows into the restoration site at Jennycliff Bay, each containing around 40 healthy seagrass plants, with rhizomes. With this latest effort covering 2,500 square metres of…

Interim report released on seagrass re-growth

By Jean-Luc Solandt, Principal Specialist, Marine Protected Areas, Marine Conservation Society The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has released an interim project report on the re-growth of seagrass around Advanced Mooring Systems (AMS) placed into Cawsand Bay in May 2019. The report details the change in ecological conditions (density) of shoots around the new moorings. .…

Life Recreation ReMEDIES receives boost from Valeport

The largest seagrass restoration, education and innovation project in England, LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES, will receive support from environmental sensor manufacturer, Valeport, for the project’s final two years. Joining forces with the conservation project is a natural fit for the designer and manufacturer of high quality hydrographic and oceanographic instruments, Guy Frankland, Valeport’s head of marketing…

South West England innovators collaborate to develop enhanced solutions for seagrass monitoring

A new, non-invasive method to measure and monitor seagrass biomass on the seabed around England’s South West coast is being developed as part of an ongoing, collaborative project. The innovative new technique is currently being trialled by local companies HydroSurv and Valeport, working with the University of Plymouth and Natural England, and supported by a…

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England’s largest ever seagrass planting hits new milestone

£2.5m project led by Natural England has now planted seagrass across a total of 3.5 hectares of seabed. Seagrass can be as effective at storing carbon as our woodlands but UK has lost around half of its seagrass since the mid-1930s. Project partners to share expertise with marine conservation projects taking place around Europe to…

Restoration barge. Credit Jay Stone

10,000 bags of seagrass seeds to be planted at Plymouth Sound

Volunteers are busy packing 10,000 bags of seagrass seeds for planting underwater in Plymouth Sound. Research shows at least 44 per cent of the UK’s seagrass has been lost since 19361. This restoration work is part of England’s largest seagrass planting effort under the LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES partnership, led by Natural England. The partnership’s restoration…

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Plymouth’s underwater success story for COP26

Planting grass on the seabed in Plymouth is one of the UK’s green success stories being shared at COP26 in Glasgow. The ambition to take seagrass seeds from healthy underwater meadows, cultivate them in the laboratory and then plant a total of eight hectares sounds like science fiction. But already one hectare – the equivalent…

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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…

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Amelia Newman, Ocean Conservation Trust presenting on ReMEDIES. Image credit: Ocean Conservation Trust

World Seagrass Conference. Napoli, Italy

2024 World Seagrass Conference & 15th International Seagrass Biology Workshop   Napoli, Italy June 17 – 21   491 delegates from 48 countries attended a meeting in the heart of Naples at a spectacular 13th century Baroque church ‘Santa Maria la Nova’. The theme of the conference was ‘Seagrass in the Anthropocene’ that was reflected…

Spotlight on Essex Estuaries

New Essex Site Lead Jules is off in search of seagrass I’m excited to get cracking in my role as the new Natural England Marine Lead Advisor for the ReMEDIES project in Essex. One of the first things for me to do has naturally been to see Essex seagrass. Dwarf Eelgrass Here in the Essex…

Scilly Seagrass and Beautiful Boat Trips

We’ve been spreading the word about seagrass at the Isles of Scilly Festival of Nature It has been a glorious start to the season! Three representatives from the ReMEDIES project got to enjoy the weather to the full at the Isles of Scilly Festival of Nature. The Isles of Scilly is one of the Special…

Invasive species alert! Wire Weed and Watersipora

Whilst we work to conserve and restore our seagrass beds, we need to watch out for invasive species that threaten the seagrass ecosystem.   From May-July you might spot the up to two metres-long, olive brown fronds of wire weed (Sargassum muticum). Wire weed interferes with seagrass bed regeneration. It spreads through the dispersal of…

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It’s international day of women and girls in science!

In celebration of women and girls in science, we’re interviewing Amelia, our Seagrass Cultivation Officer   Amelia, what’s the best thing about your job? The highlight of my job is really when the little shoots start coming through about three weeks after planting in the lab. They’re really cute and you can start counting them.…

Winter beneath the waves

Spare a thought for seagrass on the shortest day of the year. We can see how plants on land react to colder temperatures and shorter days. But have you ever wondered what goes on when it’s winter beneath the waves? Marine specialist Chris takes a deep dive into how seagrasses survive the stresses of winter……

The wonders of seagrass: Lesley’s volunteering story

We asked volunteer Lesley what inspired her love of seagrass  and how she’s been spreading the word. I was lucky enough to grow up by the sea…   …in a small coastal village called Anderby Creek in Lincolnshire. I had an idyllic childhood. My playground was the golden sandy beaches. I spent many hours with…

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Outreach and engagement on the Isles of Scilly

ReMEDIES has been doing some amazing engagement and outreach on the Isles of Scilly! In October, a host of exciting activities got underway, led by The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, as the  Festival of Nature launched for the first time! The events and engagement sessions showcased the wildlife on Scilly, including seagrass meadows. The Islands…

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MCS Sea Champion: Caroline’s story

We asked MCS Sea Champion volunteer, Caroline Collingridge, why she is so passionate about seagrass, what had prompted her to volunteer for MCS and help out with talking to visitors about seagrass, at the Green Tech boat show on the Remedies project/RYA Green Blue stand this summer…. What got me interested in seagrass? Wanting to…

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Seagrass Species Spotlight: Stalked Jellyfish

It’s harvest season and our team of divers have been busy all over the southwest diving seagrass beds!  From Osborne Bay in the Solent to the Helford River in Cornwall, and many favourable condition sites in between, the reproductive shoots containing precious seeds for cultivation are being harvested!  An important part of our harvest efforts…

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MCS Sea Champion: Sarah’s story

We asked MCS Sea Champion volunteer, Sarah Pearson, why she is so passionate about seagrass, what had prompted her to volunteer for MCS and help out with organising talks about seagrass…. So what’s my story – I think the best thing is to give a little background… Jacques Cousteau shaped my early love of the…

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Seagrass species spotlight: Spider Crab

Hello Seagrass fans!  If you’re feeling crabby after not having your species spotlight update last month, do not worry, we have a treat in store for you!  This month we want to introduce you to a creepy looking, but intriguing creature.  You are going to meet the largest of the Crab family, they have incredibly…