Regional News

North West Marine Plans Adopted!

The UK Government has, today (23rd June) formally adopted the marine plans for the North West, North East, South West and South East of England. The marine plans have been produced by the Marine Management Organisation on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.   Accompanying each of the

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Coastal Access in North West England – April 2021 Update

Natural England has published an update on coastal access in North West England. There are currently 113 km of the England Coast Path open in the North West, with another 316 km approved in part, with establishment works planned or in progress. The final 141 km of route proposed have been published and are in

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Impact of Brexit on Shellfisheries Exports (Bivalves)

The inshore waters of North West England support a thriving and diverse shellfish industry but in the last few days it has emerged that there are potentially huge impacts on the industry arising from  the UK’s exit from the European Union. The majority of our shellfish stocks are sold to Europe as live stock. Live

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Closed – Sea-Changers Coastal Fountain Fund 2021

Application deadline: 15th March 2021 Sea-Changers has announced a new round of funding, following the successful introduction of the Coastal Fountain Fund in 2020. Grants of up to £2000 are available.  The aim of the funding is to reduce the impact of single-use plastic water bottles on coastal habitats. The fund helps coastal communities and

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Closed – Coastal Access – Birkenhead to the Welsh Border – Opportunity to Comment

Closes midnight, Wednesday 10th February 2021 On Wednesday 16th December 2020 Natural England submitted reports to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out the proposals for improved coastal access from Birkenhead to the border with Wales. This route will form part of a continuous walking route around England’s coastline as set

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Closed – North West Fisheries Byelaw Consultations

Both consultations close Friday 5th March 2021. The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) has approved and made 2 new byelaws and, in accordance with Defra’s byelaw making process, must now advertise these new byelaws and provide a consultation period before they can be signed by the Minister and brought into force. Byelaw

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Solway Firth Coastal Conversations Online

The Solway Coast AONB and the Solway Firth Partnership are presenting a series of webinars that focus on cross boarder topics such as salt, military history and farm steads. The first talk of the series, ‘Salt on the Solway’, focuses on the Solway’s salt making heritage. The speakers, Andrew Fielding and John Pickin, will summarise our current understanding

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England Coast Path from Cleveleys to Pier Head, Liverpool – Opportunity to Comment on Proposals

Closes midnight, Wednesday 2nd December 2020. Natural England has submitted a report to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out the proposals for improved access to the coast between Cleveleys, Wyre and Pier Head, Liverpool. There is now an opportunity to make representations on, or objections to the proposals; the

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Closed – NW Marine Plans: Annual Monitoring Survey

Closed 15th December 2020 The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is asking stakeholders in the north west of England to take part in the annual monitoring survey to gather baseline information on the draft North West Marine Plan. This is the first time the MMO has run the survey in the north west and they will

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Closed – Vote now to help Morecambe Bay Partnership win funding for their ‘Clear the Bay by Day’ Project

Voting closed 12 noon, Thursday 22nd October. Morecambe Bay Partnership has entered a competition being run by the European Outdoor Conservation Association and urgently needs your vote to ensure success. Morecambe Bay Partnership’s Chief Executive Susannah Bleakley said “We have just 1 week to get 1000’s of votes to  turn the tide on plastic. We are the

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