In Essex, with seagrass beds at just 2 per cent of their historic maximum extents, ReMEDIES and Essex Wildlife Trust are observing recreational disturbances taking place at key seagrass current, historic and potential future locations to identify hotspots of risk and opportunities for reducing impacts.

It is hoped that identifying these areas and the associated disturbances, targeted information and education campaigns, community engagement, working with users a of the coast and ocean can reduce disturbance levels and allow the seagrass beds to flourish once again. Future restoration planning will utilise the information to identify priority sites. We are working with local organisations to promote Voluntary Codes of Conduct and best practice around bait digging, wildlife disturbance and recreational watersports.

Natural England is updating their condition assessment of seagrass in Essex Estuaries SAC, which will help to influence any management actions.