BHYC is committed to increasing awareness and improving ways of working in order to reduce our impact on the environment on the water and at our Club. BHYC is in a conservation area of special scientific interest, (SSSI site) BHYC's Eco Club aims to raise awareness of the environment and an understanding of the impact on surroundings.
A range of activities take place on a regular basis, including monthly beach cleans and survey walks. The survey walks are held at low tide to monitor and record stats, which are then reported to the Hampshire Wildlife Trust and Bournemouth University. The walks have also resulted in some interesting and less common finds. For example, the discovery of Elysia Chlorotica, which is often referred to as the solar powered sea slug and Long and Broad Clawed Porcelain crabs, which often go unnoticed as they live under rocks. In 2022 the club hopes to map seagrass beds for ongoing monitoring, also members are already being encouraged to drop anchor in such a way as to limit any damage to the seagrass.
We have been working with
Marine Champions and Secrets of the Solent
We have BHYC members who are Marine Champions and this is a great way to support Secrets of the Solent this is a volunteer project and they play a vital role in protecting our amazing local; marine wildlife.
Bird Aware Solent
We met with Bird Aware Solent two years ago and they have a local leader based in Ryde. So in 2022 we will be linking up to learn more about Bembridge and St Helens and the amazing Solent coast and Bird Aware will come and share some stories about our shores with the wildlife who call it home. Members will be participating in wildlife and also bird surveys.Bird Aware Solent
A Bird Watching group monitors the local bird populations and their behaviours.The group is helping contribute to the picture we are building of the effects of climate change on our local environment.
RYA The Green Blue
The Green Blue is the joint environmental programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine to promote the sustainable use of coastal and inland waters by recreational boating. As a boating community we have an important role in helping to protect and safeguard the waters, wildlife and habitats with which we rely on for our enjoyment, wellbeing and livelihoods.
We have joining forces with cadets, family and friends from Island Refillery for a local beach cleans and in 2022 Brading Haven Yacht will be moving over to using Island Refinery to reduce single use plastic at the Club.
Island Refillery is based locally in Bembridge and they aim to reduce single use plastic waste by offering a local, doorstep refill service for household and businesses. They test everything so that we can ensure their products really work for you as well as for the environment
The Club also hosts additional talks. A recent "Secrets of the Solent" talk, held by the Hampshire Wildlife Trust, which was attended by Cadets and their families. The Trust now hope to use the Club for a pilot scheme, prior to rolling it out across other clubs.
Brading Haven Yacht sits in a wonder harbour with wildlife all round it, members .Each year BHYC look at how the club can be more environmentally friendly on the water and off the water. BHYC Committees work together and make changes to to help and support the Club and the local environment.
Last updated 13:47 on 24 February 2022