Local fishers and regulators create the UK’s largest no-take zone in the River Medway. A unique example of a bottom-up approach to both conservation and fisheries management, ensuring stable protection for the future.
Author: Tom Clegg, Kent and Essex IFCA
Location: Medway, South East England
Ulster Wildlife has been a champion of the environment for over 30 years. The Community Engagement and Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas Project, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, is working to bring long-term benefits to communities and the marine environment on which they depend.
Author: Dave Wall
Location: Northern Ireland
The Scottish Seabird Centre is a conservation and education charity dedicated to inspiring people to appreciate and care for wildlife and natural heritage. It is delivering significant socio-economic benefits to the area, including supporting over 80 jobs and contributing over £2million per annum to the local economy.
Author: The Scottish Seabird Centre
Location: North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT)’s Sea Change project explores solutions, which can deliver conservation objectives as well as support jobs and the local economy in a number of coastal communities across the Hebrides, West Scotland.
Author: Gemma Paterson, The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
Location: Isle of Mull, Scotland
The Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society have taken charge of their connection with the seas and brought their harbour into full community ownership to the benefit of current and future generations.
Author: Morven Campbell
Location: Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway
The Wales Coast App has been developed by the environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy to offer visitors to the Wales coast all the information they need to fully explore and enjoy what coastal Wales has to offer, as well as supporting the local economies of Welsh coastal communities.
Author: Emily Wells
Catchbox Worthing promotes traditional, small-scale fishing in the local area, raising awareness of the diminishing trade. They work with small-scale fishers who use responsible methods, so that the community can enjoy delicious, locally caught seafood with a clear conscience.
Author: Anne Weinhold
Location: Worthing, West Sussex, South East England
The Wales Coast Path is the first in the world to encompass a country’s entire coastline. It connects local communities to their beautiful and diverse coast and it supports several thousands of businesses.
Author: Wales Coast Path
The South West Coast Path is used all year round by walkers, who contribute millions of pounds into shops and businesses in the region supporting almost 10,000 local jobs.
Author: The South West Coast Path team
Location: South West England
The Thanet Coast Project reconnected people from deprived areas of Kent with their coast, increasing their knowledge of local cultural heritage, helping address health inequalities and developing conservation skills.
Author: Thanet Coast Project
Location: Thanet, Kent, South East England