The Environment Agency, RSPB and Natural England are working together to adapt approximately 150 hectares of the Moors at Arne into a diverse wetland habitat.
With sea level rising, important habitat for wildlife all around Poole Harbour be lost over the next 30 years. Where rising waters press against fixed sea defences, ‘coastal squeeze’ occurs, this means a loss of inter-tidal features such as mudflats and salt marsh. New places for coastal wildlife will need to be created to keep the natural features of the lost landscape, and allow the government to realise its 25 year environment plan, whilst flood risk to homes and businesses from the sea continues to be managed.
The project has developed outline proposals since its public launch in October 2018. Thorough surveys and assessments have been conducted that support detailed design and a planning application for summer 2022.
The information on this page has been supplied by the Environment Agency to inform Dorset Coast Forum members and the wider public on the Arne Moors Project. The Dorset Coast Forum is an independent, neutral and non-political Coastal Partnership and will maintain a neutral position, neither for or against the project.
It is important to the project team that the community is involved in the project. At this stage our priority is to make sure we fully understand issues of concern for the construction period. We would also like to hear about how you would like to stay informed and engaged with the project going forward, so please reach out to us using our contact details below.
Post: The Moors at Arne
Rivers House, Sunrise Business Park, Higher Shaftsbury Road
Blandford DT11 8ST
The partners delivering the Moors at Arne scheme have for over fifty years worked to keep Purbeck a special place. This scheme is a continuation of that work, and builds on many similar successful schemes elsewhere. The partnership will maximise the benefits for both local people and wildlife.