The Beaulieu River is a special place and the Beaulieu Estate works closely with environmental agencies to continue to protect its unique habitats and species.
Seagrass meadows are important marine habitats that provide nurseries for fish, as well as coastal protection and water purification. They are therefore closely monitored, with necessary boating restrictions being put in place in order to protect their delicate roots.
For these environmental reasons, the estate has only ever offered anchoring below Needs Ore but has now been instructed to no longer allow any anchoring in the river.
Harbour Master Wendy Stowe said: “We work closely with the environmental agencies to ensure that the Beaulieu River remains special. We are therefore putting these restrictions in place, as we have been instructed. However, visitor buoys number 1-8 are available from just £10 a night as a reasonable alternative to dropping anchor.”
Signs informing visitors of the environmental restriction will be put at the entrance to the river from the start of September.