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Environmental Information

QHM, in his role as the regulatory authority for the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth (DPP) has a strong commitment to protecting the environment and plays an active role in supporting local conservation groups to achieve this objective.

Conservation Areas

Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are the best examples of our natural heritage of wildlife habitats, geological features and landforms. An SSSI is an area that has been notified as being of special interest under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. 
The following SSSI’s and European Marine Sites are situated within the DPP:

    Brading Marshes to St Helen’s Ledges SSSI

    Browndown SSSI

    Gilkicker Lagoon SSSI

    Kings Quay Shore SSSI

    SSSI Designation for Ryde Sands and Wotton Creek

    Isle of Wight Bembridge Down SSSI

    Sinah Common SSSI

    RAMSAR Designation for Portsmouth Harbour

    SPA Designation for Portsmouth Harbour

    SAC Designation for Solent and Isle of Wight (Maritime)

The Solent Forum

The Solent Forum was established in 1992 to consider and provide advice on strategic issues that have implications for the Solent area as well as to develop a greater understanding among the authorities and agencies involved in the planning and management of the Solent and to assist and influence them in carrying out their functions.

The Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth is the Vice Chairman of the Solent Forum and is a member of the Solent European Marine Sites (SEMS) Management Scheme. To assist QHM in carrying out his functions he is represented at meetings of the following Groups:

    Solent Forum

    The Solent Forum Recreation Sub Group

    The Nature Conservation Group

    The Portsmouth Harbour Conservation Group

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