Bournemouth East Constituency

BOURNEMOUTH EAST - Hengistbury Head Beach © Roger Lane ARPS

What’s special and valuable about Bournemouth East’s natural environment?

The long line of Bournemouth cliffs stretching to Hengistbury Head include patches of dune grass and heathland habitats. They are home to over 500 varieties of plant and 300 bird species, as well as a variety of rare insects and reptiles, including the nationally rare sand lizard.

Southbourne Rough, a small reef area about 2 miles south of Southbourne, is the eastern limit of the distribution of pink seafans in the UK and large native oysters. Nesting black bream and cuttlefish can also be found here. Poole Bay is a popular spot for some of our larger shark species.

Protecting and restoring nature in Bournemouth East

A wildlife rich urban network:  Local leaders, planners and developers can all help ensure wildlife thrives.  Networks of domestic gardens, public parks, allotments, street trees, green spaces, streams, verges and railway embankments, all provide space for wildlife. Better ‘green infrastructure’, such as more tree cover to provide shade in hotter summers, can make a big difference to our quality of life and the appeal of our towns.

Protection for our seas: Dorset has a rich and diverse marine environment but it is severely lacking in protection.  We need to provide space for marine wildlife and habitats to recover and thrive, to ensure the use of the sea’s resources are environmentally sustainable into the future.  A network of Marine Conservation Zones is one way of achieving this.

What you can do

Please share the below questions with your local candidates, through social media, email or face to face, and ask other people who care about nature in your constituency, to do the same.  This will give you a basis for keeping the natural environment on their agenda and let them know how important it is to you.  

  1. What will you do to ensure our wildlife is protected and restored after Brexit?
  2. What will you do to ensure that wildlife thrives in our seas once more?
  3. What will you do to ensure we have new farming policies that support nature’s recovery?
  4. What will you do to make sure we move to a low carbon economy?

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