Recreational boaters who use, visit and enjoy Studland Bay are being asked to help protect its precious habitats for the future.
After extensive consultation with the boating community and users of the bay, a Voluntary No Anchor Zone was introduced by the Marine Management Organisation in 2021 to help reduce damage caused by boats dropping and weighing anchors and extended in June 2022 (see the MMO’s Studland Bay MCZ Habitat Protection Strategy and website for more information). At all times, anchoring in emergency situations is still be permitted.
Representing a wide range of organisations, the Studland Bay Marine Partnership formed to work towards protecting Studland’s seagrass beds and its resident, and protected, long-snouted seahorse population and other marine wildlife.
Hundreds of waterborne visitors to Studland Bay already take a proactive approach to conservation by using eco-moorings. The SBMP has brought together key stakeholders and introduced a mooring solution that meets the needs of recreational boaters and protects the precious seagrass habitat.
You can find 31 distinctive new green and white eco-moorings across the bay – an environmentally friendly alternative to dropping anchor. Each eco-mooring has a helical screw anchor which is driven into the seabed and attached to the mooring buoy via an elastic rode which stretches and contracts with the tide, avoiding scouring the seabed.
Visit the HYS website below for more information about the project, including our eco-mooring coordinates, FAQs, how to donate to moor, or just donate and lots of supporting information about the Studland Bay Marine Partnership.
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