Poole Harbour SSSI

Closed 24 Sep 2018

Opened 24 May 2018

Overview

On 24 May 2018 Natural England notified additional land as part of the Poole Harbour as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), recognising the land is of importance for overwintering waterbirds and other interest features of the SSSI. Documents providing more information on both these consultations can be found in the related documents section. You can submit your views via an online survey, by email or post.

Why We Are Consulting

The Poole Harbour SSSI - previously notified in 1990 - is situated on the Dorset Coast. The SSSI has been extended to include four areas of additional land. By far the largest is the estuarial open water below the Mean Low Water mark, which extends to the Harbour mouth in the east and westwards to where the estuary meets the Rivers Piddle and Frome. The other three areas comprise saltmarsh, wetland and supporting habitats around the fringes of Lytchett Bay and Holes Bay respectively. The SSSI continues to be of special interest for its estuarine habitats, including marshes, mudflats and subtidal communities; fringing terrestrial habitats, including heathlands and grasslands; and species supported by these habitats, including breeding and wintering birds, lichens, rare invertebrates and red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris. All of the four areas of additional land support estuarine habitats and/or wintering wildfowl and waders for which the site is of special interest. The areas lying below MLW also support other features for which the site is of special interest including foraging habitat for breeding seabirds, subtidal benthic (seabed) habitats (such as peacock worm Sabella pavonina and eelgrass Zostera marina beds). Also, within this area, coastal and marine geomorphological processes (including hydrodynamics, sediment movements and tidal inundation) occur and these natural processes are essential for the maintenance of the estuarine habitats such as saltmarshes and intertidal mudflats.

What Happens Next

We are now assessing the response to the consultation and will be making a recommendation to the Board of Natural England in due course. Natural England has to make a decision to either confirm or withdraw this notification by 23 February 2019 or the notification will cease to exist. Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Team will widely promote Natural England's decision.

Audiences

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  • AWBs
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Animal welfare campaigners
  • Trade Unions
  • Employment Agencies
  • Food Business Operators
  • Licensed Gangmasters
  • Food Industry
  • Vets
  • Operators of animal gatherings
  • Abattoir Operator
  • Livestock show ground operators
  • Manufacturers of livestock identifiers
  • All Marine Users
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Coastal Members of Parliament
  • Coastal local authorities
  • National Park Authorities
  • Recreation sector
  • Coastal Management sector
  • Aggregates sector
  • Energy sector
  • Industries and professional services
  • Ports and Harbour Authorities and Estuaries
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • IFCAs
  • Angling Organisations and Trade
  • Fishing Focus individual recipients
  • Water Abstractors
  • Environmental professional services
  • Estate Agents
  • House Building Industry
  • Property Management
  • Legal and Conveyancing Professions
  • Households
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-Household Customers
  • Consumer Groups
  • Commercial Fisheries Organisations
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  • Waste Producers and Handlers
  • Business/Private Sector
  • Policy Teams
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  • Transport Organisations
  • Veterinarians
  • Local Authorities
  • Producer Compliance Schemes
  • WEEE Treatment Facilities
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Electrical re-use organisations
  • All Defra staff and ALBs
  • Walkers
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  • Families
  • Students
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  • SME businesses
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  • Leisure industry
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  • Tenant Farmers
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  • Land Agents
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  • Professional and Membership Organisations/Agencies
  • Public Bodies
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Interests

  • Natural environment
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  • Biodiversity
  • Plants
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  • Tree and plant health
  • Climate change
  • Green infrastructure
  • Ecosystems services
  • Deforestation
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  • Flooding
  • Flood emergency
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  • Water Bill
  • Water conservation
  • Sewerage
  • Air pollution
  • Ozone
  • Chemicals and pesticides
  • Science
  • Conservation
  • Water Abstraction
  • Holiday Accommodation
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  • Water Act
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  • Egg industry
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  • Wine industry
  • Protected food names
  • Food imports
  • Food and drink exports
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  • Pigs
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  • Animal diseases
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  • Growing and crops
  • Bee health
  • Peat
  • Farm management
  • Single Payment Scheme (SPS)
  • Cross compliance
  • Common Agricultural Reform (CAP)
  • Skills, education, training and new entrants
  • Land management
  • Nitrates and watercourses
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Uplands
  • Soil
  • Forestry
  • Livestock disease control
  • Sheep, goat and deer production/marketing
  • Meat Industry
  • Access to countryside and coast
  • Hunting with dogs
  • Inland waterways
  • Rural economy and communities
  • Rural broadband
  • Rural grants and funding
  • Rural Development Programme for England
  • Forestry
  • National Parks
  • Nature reserves
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Common land
  • Conservation
  • Recreational sector
  • Wildlife crime
  • Wildlife management
  • Protecting wildlife
  • Non-native species
  • Dangerous and wild animals