How will the Flamborough Head European Marine Site be protected?
Under the Habitats Regulations 1994, the relevant authorities around Flamborough Head have responsibilities for the conservation and management of the European marine site. To ensure the long-term protection of the interest features and make a contribution to the sustainable use of the marine site, a management group has been established to develop a management scheme for the Flamborough Head European Marine Site.
How will the Management Scheme be developed?
Natural England are required to provide the following advice to the Management Group for the Flamborough Head European marine site.
- Conservation objectives for maintaining the interest features in a favourable condition.
- Information on categories of operation (activities and processes) which may cause deterioration or disturbance to the interest features.
The SAC management group will consult with the Flamborough Head Maritime Forum, an advisory group consisting of other interest groups and individuals from the local community, and will assess the advice from Natural England against existing activities and management around the Headland. The management scheme will then identify measures to safeguard the interest features of the site.
Regular monitoring of the site will be undertaken to check that conservation objectives are being met. The findings will be reported to the European Union every six years.
How will the European Marine Site affect you?
For most people the European Marine Site will make very little difference on a day-to-day basis. The Habitats Directive supports the principle of sustainable development and there is no intention to exclude human activities, such as economic and recreational development, from European Marine Sites. The only activities which may be affected will be those which are likely to have an adverse effect on the interest features. Most activities will not do this and so will not be affected.
Where activities are identified as being likely to have an adverse effect on the interest features, an assessment will need to be undertaken with all interested parties, to see how any damaging effects may be avoided.The aim will be to prevent damage occurring through voluntary measures, such as codes of practice or existing powers held by the relevant authorities.