Project Seagrass

RESTORATION SOUTH & WEST WALES

RESTORATION SOUTH & WEST WALES

This exploratory restoration project is looking at sites along the South Wales coastline to identify and trial suitable restoration areas.

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This project will be the first to look at the restoration of both true species of UK seagrass: common eelgrass, Zostera marina, and dwarf eelgrass, Zostera noltii.

An initial desk-based review of historical seagrass information will be carried out followed by habitat suitability models to determine which sites may be suitable for successful seagrass growth.

We will then conduct site surveys to determine which sites identified by the models will be the most suitable for growing seagrass.

An initial desk-based review of historical seagrass information will be carried out followed by habitat suitability models to determine which sites may be suitable for successful seagrass growth.

We will then conduct site surveys to determine which sites identified by the models will be the most suitable for growing seagrass.

We have identified two possible restoration sites on the South Wales coast and will be investigating further sites in the region. Potential sites range along the coast from Sully Island, Penarth (Cardiff), Oxwich (Gower), Swansea Bay (Mumbles), Ferryside to Llanstefan (Carmarthen), which all have historic evidence of seagrass cover.

Appropriate trial methods will be designed, for both Zostera noltii and Zostera marina. This is our first project to target both UK species together. Restoration planting is due to start in Summer 2024.

We have identified two possible restoration sites on the South Wales coast and will be investigating further sites in the region. Potential sites range along the coast from Sully Island, Penarth (Cardiff), Oxwich (Gower), Swansea Bay (Mumbles), Ferryside to Llanstefan (Carmarthen), which all have historic evidence of seagrass cover.

Appropriate trial methods will be designed, for both Zostera noltii and Zostera marina. This is our first project to target both UK species together. 

GET INVOLVED

Local volunteers are encouraged to get in touch via volunteers@projectseagrass.org. Make sure to upload any sightings of seagrass to SeagrassSpotter to help contribute to seagrass conservation.