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Case Histories of the 12 demonstration sites


The following reports are a series of case histories for the UK Marine SACs Project demonstration sites. The purpose of these case histories is to provide detailed information to underpin our learning on the establishment of management schemes and similar processes in the UK and elsewhere. They provide a record for practitioners of lessons learned and good practice acquired during the process of establishing management schemes on each of the twelve demonstration sites. In addition to this, they provide an evaluation of the expected success of the schemes in meeting their objectives.

Each case history has been produced by the individual project officer(s) for the site towards the end of the management scheme process, although records of lessons being learned, good practice which was emerging and key events were kept throughout the process to facilitate their production. In some cases, a range of organisations have also contributed to their content in order to reflect shared and differing experiences. As a consequence of the way in which these case histories were produced, there is a degree of variety in style and content. Each case history does however, follow broadly the same format and provides:-

  • A general description of the features of European conservation importance;
  • A summary of the socio-economic characteristics of the site and its surroundings;
  • A list of the relevant and competent authorities for the European marine site;
  • A description of the management structures;
  • A list and brief description of the key events throughout the management scheme process;
  • An indication of the budget/ resources required to develop the scheme to date, including sums allocated for survey work, publicity, and project officer costs; and
  • A list of key documents produced during the process.

The case histories conclude with a review of the learning points and good practice gained throughout the process on each site. This includes discussion on the information which was required to support the management schemes and the different relevant authority and stakeholder structures adopted and adapted throughout the process. In many cases, there is also an evaluation of the different methods of relevant authority and stakeholder participation, ranging from one-to-one meetings, workshops and public meetings. The case histories then conclude with a description of the management scheme document itself and an account of the various publicity events and interpretative items produced to support the management schemes.

Berwickshire and Northumberland Coast European Marine Site
Cardigan Bay candidate Special Area of Conservation
Chesil and the Fleet
Loch nam Madadh European marine site
Morecambe Bay European marine site
Papa Stour European marine site
Pen Llÿn a' r Sarnau European marine site
Plymouth Sound and Estuaries European marine site
Solway Firth European marine site
Sound of Arisaig European marine site
Strangford Lough Management Scheme
Wash and North Norfolk Coast European marine site