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Temporary Path ClosureTemporary Path Closure
Added: 11 Apr 2016
A section of the Langstone Harbour Waterside Walk will be temporarily closed from 11th April 2016. While this section of the coastal path, on the western shoreline of the harbour, is closed a diversion will be put in place along the Eastern Road and through Milton Common as illustrated in the map below. The closure will be in place for a minimum of 6 months while the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership complete essential improvement work to the sea defences in that area, and remove the derelict Salternís Quay. Notice of the re-opening of the path will be posted here.
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Southern IFCA Bottom Towed Fishing Gear ConsultationSouthern IFCA Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Consultation
Added: 04 Jan 2016
Southern IFCA are inviting stakeholders to take part in the consultation on the proposed introduction of Bottom Towed Fishing Gear measures for the Solent European Marine Sites (SEMS).

The attached consultation document outlines how Southern IFCA is considering the introduction of spatial and seasonal restrictions to reduce the impacts of bottom towed fishing gears within the Solent European Marine Sites (SEMS), specifically within Southampton Water, Portsmouth Harbour and Langstone Harbour so as to support a sustainable fishery in the area.

The aim of this consultation is to seek views on the proposed measures and how they may affect users of the site. This consultation will start on 4th January 2016 and will last 28 days until 31st January 2016. Respondents are requested to answer the consultation questions outlined in Section 5 of the consultation document.
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Friends of Langstone Harbour Work PartyFriends of Langstone Harbour Work Party
Added: 04 Jan 2016
The Friends of Langstone Harbour will be undertaking a beach clean on the 9th January 2016.
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Oyster Bed Classifications for 2015 SeasonOyster Bed Classifications for 2015 Season
Added: 30 Oct 2015
Confirmation was received from the Food Standards Agency on the 23rd October 2015 of new classifications for all Oysterbeds in Langstone Harbour. All beds are now class C. Class C oysters can go for human consumption only after relaying for at least two months in an approved relaying area followed, where necessary, by treatment in a purification centre, or after an EC approved heat treatment process.
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Solent Birds Citizen Science ProjectSolent Birds Citizen Science Project
Added: 22 Sep 2015
An important project which aims to collect data to support decisions on future coastal protection projects, to protect the internationally important birds populations and of course peoples homes has begun. This project will guide the development of coastal defence projects and habitat creation/enhancement opportunities across the Solent.
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Increase in minimum landing size for BassIncrease in minimum landing size for Bass
Added: 01 Sep 2015
Additional EU regulations came into force on the 1st September 2015 to protect Bass stocks. The minimum landing size for Bass is now 42 cms. As a nursery area it is illegal to catch Bass of any size within Langstone Harbour between 30th April - 31st October. Anyone leaving the harbour to fish for Bass elsewhere should be mindful of the new 42cms minimum size.
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Revocation of Shellfish Beds ClosureRevocation of Shellfish Beds Closure
Added: 05 Aug 2015
The Environmental Health Department at Portsmouth City Council have revoked the temporary closure of shellfish beds to commercial harvesting in Portsmouth and Langstone Harbours with effect from the 5th August 2015. Despite bacterial levels within the shellfish flesh tested most recently falling within required parameters the Food Standards Agency have advised that extra end product bacterial testing is currently required prior to sale to ensure the shellfish are safe to eat.
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Closure of Shellfish BedsClosure of Shellfish Beds
Added: 30 Jul 2015
Following advice from the Food Standards Agency, the environmental health team at Portsmouth City Council have taken the decision to close all shellfish beds to commercial harvesting in Langstone and Portsmouth Harbours. This closure took effect on Wednesday 29th July 2015, and is in response to shellfish sampling results exceeding bacterial trigger levels. The beds will remain closed until further notice.
 
Friends of Langstone Harbour Work PartyFriends of Langstone Harbour Work Party
Added: 17 Jun 2015
The Friends of Langstone HArbour will be holding a work party at their adopted Budds Farm beach on the 27th June.
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CITiZAN 2015 ProjectCITiZAN 2015 Project
Added: 09 Jun 2015
A new project entitled CITiZAN 2015 has launched. CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) will deliver community based training to create a network of volunteers around England capable of monitoring archaelogical sites at the coast.

One of the largest community archaeology projects in the country, CITiZAN leads community-based activities in order to survey the thousands of heritage sites along our coastline and tidal estuaries before they disappear.
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New Bag limit for Sea BassNew Bag limit for Sea Bass
Added: 11 May 2015
The European Commission has now implemented a 3 fish daily bag limit for bass for all recreational fishermen as part of a package of measures being developed at EU level to address declining bass stocks.

This measure applies to all recreational fishermen both on the shore and in boats, and means that recreational fishermen may only keep 3 fish caught per day
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Temporary Path ClosureTemporary Path Closure
Added: 28 Apr 2015
A section of the Langstone Harbour Waterside Walk will be temporarily closed from 5th May 2015. While this section of the coastal path, in the north west corner of the harbour, is closed a diversion will be put in place along the Eastern Road as illustrated in the map below. The closure will be in place for a minimum of 6 months while the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership complete essential improvement work to the sea defences in that area. Notice of the re-opening of the path will be posted here.
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Hayling Ferry Out Of ServiceHayling Ferry Out Of Service
Added: 22 Apr 2015
The Hayling Ferry which linked Eastney Point in Portsmouth with Hayling Island has been taken permanently out of service. This means that completion of the Langstone Harbour Waterside Walk - which took in the entire perimeter of the harbour - is currently not possible.
 
National Plant Monitoring SchemeNational Plant Monitoring Scheme
Added: 31 Mar 2015
The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is a new initiative which hopes to use volunteers to collect data to allow better understanding of plant communities across the UK. Anyone interested in plants can take part in the scheme. Training materials describing survey techniques and plant identification techniques will be provided.
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Re-opening of Shellfish BedsRe-opening of Shellfish Beds
Added: 25 Feb 2015
On the 25th February 2015 the Environmental Health team at Portsmouth City Council advised that shellfish beds in Portsmouth and Langstone harbours have been re-opened to commercial harvesting following the closure on the 13th February 2015.
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Closure of Shellfish BedsClosure of Shellfish Beds
Added: 16 Feb 2015
Following advice from CEFAS, the environmental health team at Portsmouth City Council have taken the decision to close all shellfish beds to commercial harvesting in Langstone and Portsmouth Harbours. This closure took effect on Friday 13th February 2015, and is in response to the risks posed by contaminated materials entering the harbours.
 
Winter Wildlife DayWinter Wildlife Day
Added: 19 Jan 2015
Portsmouth Watersports Centre will be holding a "Winter Wildlife Day" on the 28th February 2015. This FREE event will allow visitors to find out more about Langstone Harbourís amazing wildlife, as well as meeting some more exotic creatures. For more details contact 02392 663873.
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Advisory Committee Open ForumAdvisory Committee Open Forum
Added: 22 Sep 2014
This event which is to take place on the 9th October at 19:30 is aimed at stakeholders and members of the public who wish to learn more about the Harbour, its management, environmental importance and representative organisations.

Please contact Christine Overy on 02392 463419 if you would like to attend.
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Southern Water warns swimmers to avoid polluted waters off Langstone HarbourSouthern Water warns swimmers to avoid polluted waters off Langstone Harbour
Added: 15 Aug 2014
During an interview relating to pollution entering Langstone Harbour from the storm outfall at Fort Cumberland Southern Water have recommended all harbour users excercise caution when entering water.
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Success for Little TernsSuccess for Little Terns
Added: 31 Jul 2014
The RSPB have worked hard in Langstone Harbour during 2013 and 2014 to improve breeding areas for Little Terns. Electric fences have been erected, the shingle ridges chosen by these rare seabirds have been heightened with the addition of many tons of gravel, and RSPB staff and volunteers have worked hard to let people know about the terns and how they can help to protect them. The work has resulted in 28 Little Terns fledging from Langstone Harbour this year - the most since 2010.
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Nest Count 2014Nest Count 2014
Added: 16 May 2014
The Langstone Harbour Board assisted the RSPB with the annual nest count on the RSPB islands this week. The breeding gulls are having a good start to the year with more than 3500 nests counted. Anyone wishing to view the spectacle of a seabird breeding colony should visit the Hayling Oysterbeds over the coming weeks, where the noisy gull colony will be in full voice.
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Marine Protected Area ByelawsMarine Protected Area Byelaws
Added: 03 Feb 2014
Two new byelaws have been implemented by the sIFCA to protect seagrass and rocky reefs in the Solent European Marine Site. These byelaws protect a combined area of 670 square kilometers from damagin fishing activities.
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Winter StormsWinter Storms
Added: 28 Jan 2014
The latest Community News column written by Louise MacCallum for the Portsmouth News
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Winter Wildlife DayWinter Wildlife Day
Added: 16 Jan 2014
The Portsmouth Watersport Centre are hosting a Winter Wildlife Day on the 22nd February. Please see the attachment below for more details.
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Langstone Harbour Board Meetings 2014Langstone Harbour Board Meetings 2014
Added: 15 Jan 2014
Details of the times and dates for all Langstone Harbour Board meetings for 2014 are now available. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings, although capacity is limited. For further information please see the document below.
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Oyster Bed ClosureOyster Bed Closure
Added: 16 Oct 2013
The Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority have made the decision to prohibit oyster fishing within the district during the 2013 - 2014 season. Some parts of the district will remain open, but for a limited time. Full details, including a map illustrating the extent of the area of prohibition can be seen on the sIFCA website.
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Love Where You Sail QuestionnaireLove Where You Sail Questionnaire
Added: 03 Sep 2013
The Green Blue has published an online questionnaire on faecal contamination from leisure vessels. The short survey can be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LoveWhereYouSail on Facebook and Twitter. The survey will only take a couple of minutes to complete and all harbour users are encouraged to respond. There will be a prize of two Ragbag sailcloth deckchairs, awarded to a participant drawn at random on completion of the survey programme. There will be paper copies of the survey available at the Southampton Boat Show (13 to 22 September) as well as staff with iPads on the stand for a short time each day.
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Small Fish SurveySmall Fish Survey
Added: 28 Jun 2013
The second annual Langstone Harbour Small Fish Survey has now begun in earnest. All three survey sites in the harbour have now had their spring survey completed, and once again several thousand fish were caught, identified and measured. The 2013 survey will not be completed until the end of September, when will will be able to see if any changes have occurred in the fish community since 2012. Updates on the Langstone Harbour Small Fish Survey will be posted on our website, along with annual survey reports.
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Langstone Harbour Nest CountLangstone Harbour Nest Count
Added: 30 May 2013
The Langstone Harbour Board assisted the RSPB and a group of skilled volunteers with the annual Langstone Harbour nest count. Tern species in the harbour are having a slow start to the breeding season, but there were plenty of Black-headed Gull and Mediterranean Gull nests to count. Including the Oysterbeds and the harbour islands there are 4944 gull nests in Langstone Harbour this year - a small increase from 2012. The Hayling Oysterbeds is the best place to visit to view Langstone Harbourís amazing breeding seabird colony.
 
MMO Emergency ByelawMMO Emergency Byelaw
Added: 19 Apr 2013
At midnight on the 19th April 2013 a Marine Management Organsiation Emergency Byelaw came into force to protect Seagrass beds in the Solent from damaging fishing activity. This Emergency Byelaw follows the failure of the sIFCA Code of Conduct which requested that fishermen avoided towing gear over Seagrass Protection Areas in the Solent. Full details of the byelaw are included in the documents and link below.
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Langstone Ark reaches 250 speciesLangstone Ark reaches 250 species
Added: 05 Apr 2013
The Langstone Ark project was launched just over 18 months ago, and the response to the project so far has been amazing. More than 550 photographs have been contributed to the project, and more than 250 species of Langstone Harbourís amazing animals and plants are now represented. To browse the collection, or find out how to make a contribution view the Langstone Ark pages of the website.
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Red Breasted GooseRed Breasted Goose
Added: 27 Feb 2013
Amongst the flocks of Brent Geese regularly seen on and around Langstone Harbour at this time of year a single Red Breasted Goose has been spotted in recent weeks. Red Breasted Geese normally spend the winter in the Black Sea region, and are a very unusual sight in this area. Red Breasted Geese are classified as íendangeredí by the IUCN and this beautiful individual has attracted birdwatchers from all over the UK.
 
RSPB working to help Little TernsRSPB working to help Little Terns
Added: 31 Jan 2013
During February the RSPB will be undertaking work to raise the level of the shingle banks on the islands in Langstone Harbour to provide a safer place for Little Ternís to nest. During 2012 nesting attempts by these rare seabirds were destroyed by tidal surges and bad weather. The RSPB hope that by adding 750 tons of gravel to strategic locations on the islands the Little Ternís will avoid being flooded out, and have a successful 2013 breeding season.
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Nowhere IslandNowhere Island
Added: 31 Jul 2012
Nowhereisland - a floating sculpture built from Arctic rock, and created to explore themes including citizenship, nationality and climate change - is part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Nowhereisland is the world’s newest nation, with citizenship open to all, and was built here in Langstone Harbour! Currently visiting Weymouth to take in some olympic sailing, Nowhereisland is travelling to ports around the south coast throughout the summer, accompanied by its embassy. Visit the website to become a citizen, and find out more!
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Seagrass Management StrategySeagrass Management Strategy
Added: 20 Jul 2012
The Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (sIFCA) have unveiled phase 1 of their Seagrass Management Strategy. Seagrass - a rare marine plant - is vulnerable to damage by bottom towed fishing gear, and phase 1 of the sIFCA Management Strategy comprises a voluntary Code of Conduct, including maps of Seagrass beds in the Solent. This Code has been sent to all commercial fishing vessels, and requests that they avoid towing gear such as clam dredges over the "Seagrass Protection Zones".
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Sea Wall Repairs at Farlington MarshesSea Wall Repairs at Farlington Marshes
Added: 09 May 2012
The Environment Agency are to begin repair works to the sea wall and embankment at Farlington Marshes. This work will increase the ability of the wall to withstand storms, and repair a damaged section of footpath. While the works are carried out the footpath around Farlington Marshes is likely to be restricted or closed for a period of 6 to 8 weeks during during summer and autumn 2012.
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Aeronautical Chart UpdateAeronautical Chart Update
Added: 19 Apr 2012
The Civil Aviation Authority have promulagted Langstone Harbour as a "Bird Sanctuary" as a result of the harbourís importance to wild birds, and in recognition of the fact that aircraft flying at low altitudes can cause large levels of disturbance. All pilots are now requested to avoid overflight of the harbour below a height of 500 feet throughout the year. The marked "Bird Sanctuary" can be seen on the recently published England South VFR chart, Sheet 8, edition 16 (2012). A portion of this chart can be seen in the link below, reproduced with kind permission from NATS.
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Farlington Sea Wall RepairsFarlington Sea Wall Repairs
Added: 23 Feb 2012
The Environment Agency are to begin repairing some of the damaged sections of the sea wall at Farlington Marshes. Construction work will begin on the 16th February, and will finish at the end of March 2012.
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Sea Defence WorksSea Defence Works
Added: 14 Feb 2012
On the 27th February 2012, the Environment Agency will be starting works to improve the sea defences in the north east of Langstone Harbour, close to the Hayling Island Bridge. The works, which are to include the creation of a sheet pile timber clad wall will take between 5 and 6 weeks, and during that time access to sections of the Langstone Harbour Waterside Walk may not be possible. See the map below for the location of the works.
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Mystery Solved!Mystery Solved!
Added: 13 Jan 2012
On the 18th November last year, the Langstone Harbour Boardís Environment Officer - Louise MacCallum - posted a request for help with the identification of a photograph of a mystery insect that had been sent in as a contribution to the Langstone Ark Project.

Dozens of people got in contact with suggestions and advice, and thanks to the wealth of information provided, the insect has beeen identified as a Nomad Bee - Nomada goodenia. To see the Bee on-line, and learn more about the project, please go to the Langstone Ark pages.


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Insect Identification Help RequiredInsect Identification Help Required
Added: 18 Nov 2011
The Langstone Ark has had an extremely successful few months, now boasting nearly 150 photographs on-line! A recent contibution to the project however has caused the Langstone Harbour Board’s Environment Officer, Louise MacCallum, a bit of a headache.... Louise identifies and researches all the contributions that are sent in, but one particular image of an insect has her stumped. Louise is asking anyone with an idea of what the insect might be to help her out. To see the image in question, and to find out how you might be of assistance, please visit the Langstone Ark pages of the Langstone Harbour Board website.
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 A27 Revetment Scheme
Added: 01 Sep 2011
The Highways Agency will resume remediation works to existing sea defences between Eastern Road and Farlington Marshes at the end of August. Works will continue until the end of October. Most of the work will be during the normal working day, Monday to Friday.
 
Hayling Island Scarecrow Festival Winners!Hayling Island Scarecrow Festival Winners!
Added: 08 Aug 2011
The Langstone Harbour Board entered the annual Hayling Island Scarecrow Festival. The scarecrow was entered into the íTopicalí category, and named íLittermaní as he was created from rubbish collected from the shoreline of Langstone Harbour. On Saturday 7th July 2011 at the Hayling Island Carnival, íLittermaní was announced as the winning scarecrow in the íTopicalí category, reciving a rosette and a trophy!!
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Balanced Seas UpdateBalanced Seas Update
Added: 04 Aug 2011
Balanced Seas is the project set up in the south east of England to ensure the delivery of Marine Conservation Zones under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. The project’s latest news letter describing the final draft recommendations for Marine Conservation Zones in this region is now available.
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Langstone Log Boat on DisplayLangstone Log Boat on Display
Added: 26 Jul 2011
A 1,500 year old Saxon log boat, discovered in Langstone Harbour in 2002 has gone on display in Portsmouth City Museum.
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