What is this project about?
Our project is looking at the behaviours of people who boat for recreation specifically focussing on anchoring and mooring in seagrass. We are focusing on two special areas of conservation Plymouth Sound & Estuaries and Solent Maritime – Isle of Wight and would like to hear from people who go boating for recreation in these areas. This project is part of a larger project run by Natural England, called LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES (Reducing and Mitigating Erosion and Disturbance Impacts affecting the Seabed). The focus of this project is on recreational boating however we acknowledge there are other threats to seagrass habitats.
In this survey, when we say ‘boating for recreation’ we are interested in those times that you go out on some kind of vessel – for example, you might go sailing or power boating – for leisure, but not for any commercial purpose.
What is the purpose?
This project will help to improve Natural England's understanding of recreational boaters' awareness, attitudes and behaviours towards anchoring and mooring in seagrass. It will help to design and develop ways of addressing any issues identified and help to support changes in behaviour that can lead, in the long term, to the improvement of seagrass.
Who is conducting the project?
Collingwood Environmental Planning, in partnership with Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the University of Plymouth, has been commissioned by Natural England to conduct this project.
How can you get involved, and what will you need to do?
We would like to invite you to take part in a survey to share your views and experiences in relation to mooring and anchoring in seagrass. We are only looking to hear from people that go boating for recreation in the Solent Martime-Isle of Wight and/or Plymouth Sound and Estuaries for this particular survey, but there will be other opportunities for those who go boating elsewhere to get involved in the project. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, and there are no right or wrong answers. Before you start we will ask you to read the following information and then to confirm that you are happy to take part.