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Moors at Arne Coastal Change Project

Moors at Arne Project Announcement – 17 March 2020

In line with Government and the Chief Medical Officer’s advice, the Moors at Arne project team have taken the decision to suspend any upcoming public meetings until further notice.

We will keep you updated with the project progress via this website, please be assured that when official guidance advises that it is safe to do so we will reschedule our public and stakeholder events and adjust the programme to accommodate this engagement.

If you have any further queries regarding the project, please email


The Moors at Arne

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.


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. Detailed surveys and assessments are underway to support detailed design and a planning application in Autumn 2020/Spring 2021.




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It is important to the project team that the community is involved in the project. At this stage the priority is to identify issues of concern to residents so they can be investigated and accounted for in later design stages.

If you would like to contact the project team at any time, please email:


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