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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…

barge Solent 18 March 2022

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…

Ocean Image Bank/Michiel Vos

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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Seagrass Superheroes Series 2022

What a Spring we have seen here on the ReMEDIES Project Education program!  As we head inexorably towards June and the start of Summer and a busy diving season, we can look back at the great successes of the Seagrass Superheroes program and our intensive educational outreach season delivering the series four times over thanks…

World Oceans Day!

Positivity in Nature – 5 things we should all know about seagrass   Following the weekends’ Jubilee celebrations, we have never been more united and positive for nature as a nation than we are following the messages of hope for nature from the pageantry of the celebrations.  From messages of hope from Sir David Attenborough,…

LIFE is 30

Happy Birthday LIFE is thirty! On the 21st May the LIFE programme turned 30 years old and as a member of the LIFE family we wanted to take this opportunity to take a look down memory lane and shine a light on the what the LIFE programme has achieved over the past 30 years. The…

Ocean Image Bank/Liam McGuire

Seagrass species spotlight: green sea turtle

Green Turtles are not named based on their external shell colour which is usually a dappled brown shade. They are called green turtles because their fat under their skin is green from the large quantities of plant matter that they consume. 

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One week in the Solent

Spring finally felt like it had sprung last week as myself and a number of the ReMEDIES partnership headed down to Hampshire to plant the first of four hectares of seagrass in the Solent Restoration site.

Seedling: Ocean Conservation Trust.

Spring seagrass planting is underway

Our wonderful volunteers are back in action packing seagrass seed bags for our springtime planting effort.

Spiny seahorse

Seagrass species spotlight: Seahorse

Seahorses are a mainstay of the seagrass meadow community. But their declining numbers are one of the reasons habitat restoration projects like ReMEDIES are so important. As you probably guessed, seahorses are not actually horses, they are bony fish. Despite not having the traditional shape of fish, they breathe through gills and have a swim…

Pipefish. Ocean Image Bank/Ben Jones

Seagrass species spotlight: Pipefish

Broadnose pipefish are a close relative of seahorses and they love to live in seagrass meadows. They use the long leaves to camouflage their elongated bodies. 

Future Meadows AR artwork

Future Meadows: interactive seagrass artwork

Since July 2021 Future Meadows has been developing an immersive artwork that celebrates seagrass, using sculpture, light, and augmented reality.

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Spring into action for seagrass

Snowdrops are emerging at our re-wilding site on Wembury recreation ground where we partnered Parklife Southwest last Autumn. It reminds us that spring is on its way – an exciting time of renewal and growth. In our seagrass lab at the National Marine Aquarium, our seedlings are growing well. Growth is also happening on our…

seed bags_Lindsey Hollingsworth

England’s largest seagrass planting effort needs you!

It has been an interesting few weeks in the lab. Four tables are now packed with hessian pillows, sand, and seagrass shoots. There have been some tricky moments while we managed the different growth rates and stages. However, the germination rate has continued to average at 20 per cent survival, which is very encouraging. Now…

Squirt, cuttlefish at the NMA/Geffrey Back

Seagrass Species Spotlight: Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are a mainstay of the seagrass bed community and we can spot them all around the UK.