European Marine Sites
The Solent European Marine Site (SEMS) is one of a number of European marine sites in the UK which are designated as internationally important sites for their habitats and species. SEMS covers the harbours, estuaries, areas of open coast and inshore water around the Solent. The site stretches from Hurst Spit in the west to Chichester Harbour in the east and includes areas along the north coast of the Isle of Wight from Yarmouth to Bembridge Harbour, as well as the mainland shores.
For more information please visit the SEMS Website.
To the South of the Isle of Wight there is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) known as the South Wight European Marine Site. The marine part of this site has been designated as the South Wight Maritime European Marine Site (SWMEMS) following the implementation of the Habitats (92/43/EEC) and Birds (79/409/EEC) Directives.
Natural England have published conservation advice packages for the component parts of SEMS as follows:
- Chichester and Langstone Harbours SPA
- New Forest SPA
- Portsmouth Harbour SPA
- Solent & Southampton Water SPA
- Solent Maritime SAC
- Solent and Isle of Wight Lagoons
- South Wight Maritime SAC