Pembrokeshire Marine Code

Protecting Marine Wildlife

The Pembrokeshire Marine Code protects marine wildlife around the coast of Pembrokeshire, through codes of conduct and agreed seasonal access restrictions that have been drawn up by conservation experts and coastal users. The codes have been agreed to preserve and protect the marine environment that makes the Pembrokeshire coastline so special.

 

Reduce disturbance to wildlife by…

  • Planning Ahead: Avoid sensitive areas, large concentrations of birds/seals and seasonal breeding areas. Check the agreed access restrictions maps for specific areas before you go out onto the water.
  • Knowing How to View Wildlife; By knowing recommended wildlife viewing distances, behaviour that indicates potential disturbance and suggested boat speeds, will reduce the impact on marine wildlife.
  • Keep Your Distance; Getting too close can cause stress to wildlife, egg or pup abandonment, exhaustion, or injury.
  • Reducing Speed and Sound; Reducing speed and holding a steady course will reduce disturbance, especially in regards to cetaceans; loud noises can disrupt seals and seabirds especially at pupping/moulting and nesting times

 

View Marine Code Guidance…

View Pembrokeshire Marine Code

View Pembrokeshire Marine Code Maps

If you have ever used the Pembrokeshire Marine Code App, we have got news for you!

We are delighted to tell you that we have been working on something exciting.

Launched in April, the free Wales Coast Explorer | Crwydro Arfordir Cymru App replaces the Pembrokeshire Marine Code App.

We have kept the same great features in the new app, while building in some new ones, and rolling them out across all of Wales!

From our land, through our estuaries, to our seas, take the coastline in your pocket with the app’s handy features:

  • Explore: Discover ancient sites and learn how to enjoy Welsh coasts.
  • Identify: Plants and animals, birds and bugs, invasive species and other wildlife too
  • Record: Become a citizen scientist by sharing your sightings – from wildlife spots to old shipwrecks.

Further details and link to download the App here

Now, through to the end of July we need to be particularly aware of nesting seabirds. Most auk species have just one egg each breeding season, so it’s very important to reduce disturbance.

For more information visit: www.pembrokeshiremarinecode.org.uk

or contact: alec.denny@pembrokeshirecoastalforum.org.uk

Solva Harbour Newsletter Summer 2022

The 2022 Season is now well under way and things appear to be returning to a more normal way of life, although Covid remains an ever present threat.

We held a successful AGM and the Committee continued to deliver. Our finances are now well balanced, and costs are more evenly shared and reflect the ever rising running costs such as insurance, maintenance and support costs. New running moorings are in place and the harbour wall has been underpinned by the running moorings.

A successful boat lift took place as planned and thanks to the team and the Harbour Master who organised it all very efficiently.

The recent working party did a great job on cleaning up and getting rid of rubbish.

In the past year there have been many improvements; the new kayak rack is in place and rapidly paying for itself. Income generation from commercial kayak operators and local businesses is supporting the running costs of Sand Quay.

The Management Team, the Chair, Vice Chair, President, Treasurer and Clerk meet for two hours every week to manage the services. Nicola, our Clerk, is doing an excellent job. Members need to be aware that Wednesday morning is the only time during the week that emails are discussed and actioned and bills can be paid in person; we do not provide a 24/7 service!!

It would greatly help reduce management time if members could read the information provided on the website and take any necessary actions promptly; chasing members for cheques and paperwork is time consuming. Please ensure that all boats, tenders, cars and kayaks / SUPS are labelled with a clearly visible 2022 sticker.  SHS will shortly be taking steps to dispose of abandoned and unlabelled vessels where we have no records.

We need volunteers for the rota to assist the Harbour Master at busy periods during the season, please contact Nicola to volunteer a date. It is essential that we supervise the Quays to maintain access for members and to prevent unauthorised and inappropriate use of SHS facilities and to maintain safety.

New signs will be put up shortly to remind members that they are the only permitted users of the Trinity Quay slipway and parking. Casual visitors are not permitted to launch / recover from Trinity Quay and must pay the fees to launch and recover on Sand Quay where they cannot park.

No overnight parking of any vehicle is allowed on the Quays.

We will shortly be organising a couple of social events for members in the Café, watch out for information.

Sadly, there will be no Solva Regattas this year and no Raft Race; volunteers are needed to organise these events and the existing teams are no longer available. The Regattas have taken place for in excess of a Century and are a key part of village life and culture, so if you can step up to the plate. SHS however does not have the capacity to take over the running of the events but will support the activities if a new Regatta Committee can be established.

The Committee wish all members the best for the year and look forward to your continued support. Next year at the AGM a third of the Committee will have to be put up for election on a rolling basis, so now is the time to think ahead and consider succession planning!

Enjoy the Summer and Best Wishes to all.

 

David Phillips Chair, Vice Chair and Committee.

25th May 2022.

Solva Harbour Society News Letters

Solva Harbour Society Shareholder Update January 2022

Dear Shareholder,

2021 was another difficult and challenging year due to Covid 19. We did manage to launch and recover the boats, have some enjoyable times and maintain services to members and the Community, meeting all our obligations as a Community Benefit Society. Sadly, Regattas and the Raft Race did not take place due to Covid 19 regulations, we hope they will run in 2022.

Throughout 2021 the Management Team met on Wednesdays and kept services running. By the end of July 2021 things improved briefly and we were able to hold the first General Meeting of SHS Ltd on the 31st July in the Memorial Hall, electing a full Committee. This Committee will serve until the 2023 General Meeting, when a third of members will come up for re-Election.  The 2022 General Meeting of the Society will take place, restrictions permitting, on Saturday 9th April 2022.

2021 also saw several severe storms causing damage to vessels in the harbour and to the infrastructure of the Quay. The maintenance programme has continued, and works are ongoing repairing the Quay walls and the running moorings. A new kayak rack with 78 rack spaces has been completed and kayaks will be allocated a numbered space, which is noted on your bill.  Kayaks must be moved to the allocated space on the new rack by 1st March 2022, please remember to add your sticker. New running moorings have been laid, tagged and allocated.

The Solva RIB will be kept afloat on a mooring from Lift In until Lift out and then stored ashore, freeing up six new spaces for bubbles in the Trinity Shed and generating income. There are some locker and bubble spaces available, please contact the Clerk for further information.

Membership fees are being raised in 2022 to reflect the increasing costs of operating SHS Ltd and maintaining services. Footage remains unchanged for this year. Costs for Kayaks and Paddle Boards are increasing to cover the cost of the new rack and to reflect a fairer share of charges. Members will only be permitted to have two kayaks / SUPs and only members will be permitted to launch from Trinity Quay. Visitors will not be permitted to launch SUPs from Trinity Quay and must launch and recover from Sand Quay.

The Committee propose that Associate members become Retired Members, paying a Membership fee but no voting rights or shareholding. This resolution will be on the agenda for the General Meeting. Visiting Boats, Annual Visitor moorings charges, launching and recovery charges are being increased to reflect the cost of providing services. The Café on the Quay lease has been reviewed and re-let for the next five years and will include toilet cleaning.

Budget planning continues and is essential for the future, there is a focus on income generation. Monthly full Committee meetings are planned, and the management team will continue to meet on Wednesday mornings.

Nicola Evans, our Clerk, has been an excellent new team member and is an asset to SHS Ltd, she works Wednesday mornings only, when she will be based in the Office at Trinity Quay.

Discussions are ongoing to introduce a ‘duty member’ rota to support the Harbour Master and to assist in Quay control, parking management and visitor advice and the collection of launching fees at busy periods.

In view of the increasing number of holidaymakers, casual visitors will only be permitted to launch from Sand Quay and no visitor or tourist vehicles will be allowed to park on the Quay. All members are requested to help in managing the Quay safely. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times. Drones are not permitted on SHS Ltd property.  The Quay is a working Quay, not a promenade and tourists will be discouraged from obstructing the Quay area with deck chairs and loungers!

Please ensure that your moorings are checked and serviceable and your vessels are hung with fenders when on the moorings and on the running moorings and that sails are furled securely. Please ensure that your fees are paid on time and that all vessels and cars carry a 2022 sticker.  Please note your mooring and Kayak storage allocations are on the last page along with your Annual Fees notifications.

Lift In date for 2022 is Saturday 2nd April, with a proposed Lift Out date of Thursday 29th September.

The President, Chair and Vice Chair would like to thank the Committee and the members who have helped with so many tasks throughout the last two problematic seasons.

We hope all members have an enjoyable and safe season in 2022.

BANK TRANSFER DETAILS                                                                                                                                   

Lloyds Bank. Account Name: Solva Harbour Society Ltd, Sort Code: 30-96-26, Account  No:74926960                                                                         

(Please e-mail confirmation of payment to sboa@btinternet.com)

NOTICE BOARD

News  From Solva Harbour Society

Covid 19 remains a real threat .

The Trinity Quay Slipway can only be used by members for launching boats and Visitors must keep the slipway clear for members. All dogs must be on leads and poop bagged and put in a bin.

Paddleboards and kayaks used by Visitors may not be launched or recovered from Trinity Quay, they may be launched from Sand Quay and a fee paid in the honesty box or from the Public Slipway in the Harbour Inn car park, they may not park vehicles on the Sand Quay. This is necessary to prevent congestion and accidents on the slipway.

The Public cannot park on the Trinity or Sand Quays at any time. Only Members displaying their car stickers may park on the Quay.

Limited toilet facilities are available behind Kelvin’s Shed, the Café Toilets are for customers and SHS Members only. Rubbish must be placed in the bins provided.

CCTV is in place and is reviewed regularly. All members have a duty to keep the Quay safe and to report any problems.

Visitors to Solva are requested to respect the resident local population and the Environment and to remember that the Quay is a Private Quay and not public property.

The Committee wish all members and visitors a safe and enjoyable visit to the Quay.

Remember Covid can kill, Stay Safe and avoid overcrowding.   

DIARY DATES FOR 2022

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  • TRINITY QUAY & THE SAND QUAY ARE PRIVATE PROPERTY WITH A RIGHT OF WAY ACROSS TRINITY QUAY.

  • Water to the Foreshore Boat Park will be available before lift In.

  • PLEASE NOTE THE LIFT IN FOR SOLVA HAS BEEN CHANGED IT WILL BE ON TUESDAY 19TH APRIL 2022.

    New notices will be sent to those concerned.

  • Provisional Lift Out 29th September 2022

  • Toilets on trinity are open  during Cafe opening hours (10am – 4pm) and are used at the users risk.

POLITE NOTICE FOR ALL USING TRINITY QUAY

Quay signs

The policy of the Society is that all dogs must be kept on leads whilst on the Societies property and are not allowed in any part of the clubhouse. Dogs are allowed on the balcony under supervision.

ALL DOGS ARE TO BE KEPT ON LEADS WHILST ON TRINITY QUAY.

To save any embarrassment we urge you to keep your dogs on leads whilst on SHS Ltd property.

Your cooperation in these matters will be appreciated by all