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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Campfield Marsh RSPB reserve
RSPB

Hurst Spit to Lymington Project

The Hurst Spit to Lymington Project is seeking to explore a sustainable future for the coastline between Hurst Spit and the town of Lymington. Climate change, rising sea levels, and heavier rainfall threaten the coastlines, rivers, and the people and wildlife that live alongside them. The recent impacts on Hurst Castle, although not the responsibility of the current project partners, is a timely reminder of the challenges facing this fragile piece of coastline.

The Environment Agency is working with New Forest District Council, Hampshire County Council, Natural England, engineers JBA Consulting, and a number of local groups and partners on the project. The project team is assessing the risk and seeking opportunities to work with natural processes, so we can all continue enjoying this environment, both now and in the future. The project is in its early stages and is likely to be around ten years before any works on the ground actually take place. One of the key challenges will be to source funding and investment into the project and without this, there is a risk the project will go no further.

Their aim is to try and create a future for this coastline that is acceptable to as many people as possible, whilst recognising that, at times, challenging decisions are likely to be required. Their project team wishes to keep our Group updated as the project progresses and work with us, through engagement and consultation to help build a legacy that everyone can be proud of.

The project team has also recently developed an introductory video about the project which you may also like to view, by clicking on the hyper-link immediately below: -