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Lincolnshire landscapes

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Humber Management Scheme

The Humber supports a rich variety of habitats and species and is recognised as one of the most important estuaries in Europe for overwintering birds as well as supporting nine species of international importance. It is due to the presence of these important habitats and species that the Humber has been given a number of nature conservation designations under UK, European and international law.

Background

The Humber Management Scheme (HMS) is a partnership for the sustainable management of the Humber Estuary European Marine Site. It also allows statutory organisations to demonstrate the discharge of their duties in relation to the Habitats Regulations. The Humber Management Scheme is made up of two partnerships; the Humber Estuary Relevant Authorities Group (HERAG) and the Humber Advisory Group (HAG). HERAG is made up of over 30 organisations with statutory duties for the Humber Estuary European Marine Site. HAG is an open membership voluntary group with wide and varied membership from NGOs, industry, academics, recreational users and people with an interest in the estuary. The aim of the scheme is to deliver the sustainable management of the Humber Estuary European Marine Site. The key objectives are:

  • To manage the estuary to meet the requirements of the conservation objectives
  • To bring people and organisations together to deliver the sustainable management of the Humber Estuary European Marine Site
  • To raise awareness and educate stakeholders about the Humber Estuary European Marine Site and increase participation in its management
  • To identify information gaps and research requirements and to promote sharing and availability of data for the management of the Humber Estuary European Marine Site
  • To ensure a coordinated approach to the management of the estuary and its hinterlands including planning for the future

Actions

HERAG members have an obligation to fulfil the conservation objectives of the Humber Estuary European Marine Site and have gained considerable experience of collaborative working in a complex area over the past decade. Recent examples of projects include:  the Humber Management Scheme review; interpretation signs to explain the importance of the area for nature; and codes of practice leaflets, to help people to enjoy activities such as angling, walking and horse riding without harming the estuary.

A key project currently being undertaken is looking at the impact of recreation on the birds of the estuary. Visitor survey work took place in 2011-12 and planned work for the future includes ornithological work to understand how birds respond to recreation.  The Humber Management Scheme will also be undertaking a number of awareness raising projects of the coming years in relation to recreation.

Another key area of work of the Humber Management Scheme is the Humber Nature Partnership.  The Humber Estuary received Local Nature Partnership recognition in July 2012.  The Scheme is currently developing plans for how the LNP will function and the key projects it will deliver.