Plymouth/Fiona Crouch

A key part of ReMEDIES’ work has been exploring the relationship between recreational boating practices and seagrass in two of the project’s five Special Areas of Conservation: Plymouth Sound and Solent Maritime. These are places where seagrass is found, and they are amongst the busiest sailing and motor cruising areas in the UK.

Through interviews, surveys and meetings with the recreational boating community we have developed our understanding of boaters and the factors that influence their anchoring and mooring practices.

Our findings from this first phase of work will inform our efforts to reduce the collective impact of recreational boating on seagrass, particularly in relation to anchoring and mooring, seeking strategies that are most likely to work for both boaters and habitats. We will carry out monitoring on the effects of these strategies and evaluate their success in influencing boating practices. We’ll then use this evidence to inform the strategies we develop for other sites in the ReMEDIES project and share the learning more widely so that useful insights can be adopted elsewhere.

The report from this phase, delivered by Collingwood Environmental Planning Ltd, is available to download from Natural England's evidence catalogue.

Recreational Boating in the UK: personal narratives and boaters' perspectives

In summer 2021, Natural England welcomed Rhys Madden on a three-month voluntary placement. An anthropology PhD candidate, Rhys undertook an independent research project to support ReMEDIES' work on boater behaviours. You can download his report below.

Fishing boat on AMS/Fiona Crouch