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Studland Bay - what you need to do

oldharry

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Presumably they've all gone away again now... 17th July 2020

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No. But NGM said yesterday they could only find half the number they 'usually expect' and only one mature male. So they have mved oiutr of that corner of the Bay, whic is under cliff close inshore to the left of the pic. BTW, yes I have seen 350 boats in the Bay, on a fine August Bank Holiday saturday 20 years ago before there was all the fuss. 8 Years later NGM was dancing with excitement at sighting over 40 in the Bay. So if the boats didnt scare them away then, what has changed? NGM own figures, (discounting the 90 boiats he saw between 28th and 30th February one year, and the 350 he saw mid week one November, show that there are normally around 120 boats as above ona fine weekend, and mid week May - Aug around 35. WHn the weathre goes back this drops to a small handfull. Reality is that when there isa good summer the Bay is busy so are the seahorses, when the weather is bad (remember the disasterous run of cold wet summersa few years ago? Visiting boat numbers dropped to near zero for weeks on end (I havea local observer who walks there most days), as everyone stayed away. So did the seahorses!
 

Mistroma

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I saw NGM on the One Show last week (21st) and remember thinking that they acknowledged him as an expert and accepted everything he claimed. I think he mentioned 350 boat, big resurgence in seahorse numbers because there had been no boats anchoring during lockdown. I think that he went on a dive with Steve Backshall and immediately found a particular male seahorse which was regularly pregnant.

Good bit of advertising for him by the BBC as NGM only gave his "expert evidence". Little chance of the BBC ever questioning his qualifications or actual evidence.
 

ryanroberts

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I think that he went on a dive with Steve Backshall and immediately found a particular male seahorse which was regularly pregnant.
Probably getting a little bit too lounge but males getting pregnant is easy media attention.
 

Blue Sunray

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Perhaps someone should tell www.visitmyharbour.com about the science

Poole Harbour, Approach and Entrance, Anchorages at Studland Bay and South Deep [Expanded View] - Channel, West: pilotage, charts, photos and marine business listings

Update 2018. We have been advised by DEFRA that there has been no shift in the policy here and that there are no legal restrictions on anchoring in Studland Bay. It's up to you; there is little doubt that the density of anchoring boats is having a detrimental effect on the eel grass beds so, if you can find somewhere to anchor that is not directly over some of these beds it would be thoughtful to do so
 

Robin

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Perhaps someone should tell www.visitmyharbour.com about the science

Poole Harbour, Approach and Entrance, Anchorages at Studland Bay and South Deep [Expanded View] - Channel, West: pilotage, charts, photos and marine business listings

Update 2018. We have been advised by DEFRA that there has been no shift in the policy here and that there are no legal restrictions on anchoring in Studland Bay. It's up to you; there is little doubt that the density of anchoring boats is having a detrimental effect on the eel grass beds so, if you can find somewhere to anchor that is not directly over some of these beds it would be thoughtful to do so

There fixed that for you. 🤔
 
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