Hamble Estuary Partnership

A group of representatives from interested parties such as harbour users and those with a statutory or voluntary interest in the Hamble Estuary and the surrounding area

Mission Statement

The aim is to enhance mutual understanding of other parties’ points of view, and joined up management of the Estuary. The River Hamble Harbour Authority administers the Partnership through as a sub role of the Environment and Development Manager.

The Hamble Estuary Partnership (HEP) will:

  • organise at least two meetings per year, with project workshops and topic groups as required
  • distribute electronic updates or newsletters as necessary
  • identify and help deliver priority projects identified by partners. These projects will need the combined resources of at least two organisations; which without Hamble Estuary Partnership's input will be less likely to happen
  • have a website with information about the partnership, meetings and minutes, and project information
  • sponsor a student research fund to encourage academic research into relevant topics
  • provide a consultative role to the Hamble Harbour Board

View our guiding principles

The River Hamble Harbour Authority administers the Partnership through a sub-role of the Environment and Development Manager, and meetings are chaired by an independent person, usually an academic from a local university.

The Hamble Estuary Partnership meets twice a year to discuss issues affecting the River Hamble and to monitor and facilitate progress of priority projects and issues of shared interest. See Work of the HEP for further details.

Between 2003 and 2008 the actions of the partnership were delivered through the Estuary Management Plan which was produced by the Partnership. This document still contains a lot of useful information which is being transferred and updated over time as the Partnership evolves from that led by a management plan to that of one delivering agreed services. A few copies of the 2003 to 2008 plan are available on request from harbour.office@hants.gov.uk.

Other partnerships

The Solent Forum is a larger partnership of stakeholders across the wider Solent area.

The Coastal Partnership Network encourages the exchange of information and debate between coastal partnership officers. It connects partnership officers to the wider field offering increased opportunities for learning and influence.

Each year they hold the Annual Coastal Partnerships Forum where officers from coastal partnerships across the country, including the Hamble Estuary Partnership, meet to share information and best practice.


Partnership members

The Partnership is supported by a wide range of stakeholders and currently has the following members:

  • Associated British Ports Southampton
  • Association of Hamble River Yacht Clubs
  • Botley Parish Council
  • Burridge & Swanwick Residents' Association
  • Bursledon Parish Council
  • Bursledon Rights of Way & Amenities Preservation Group
  • Commercial Fishermen of the Hamble Estuary
  • Curdridge Parish Council
  • Eastleigh Borough Council
  • English Heritage
  • Environment Agency
  • Fareham Borough Council
  • Hamble-le-Rice Parish Council
  • Hamble River Boatyard and Marina Operators Association
  • Hamble-Warsash Ferry
  • Hampshire County Council (Countryside Service)
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  • Lymington Technical Services
  • Maritime Archaeology Trust
  • National Federation of Sea Anglers
  • Natural England
  • River Hamble Harbour Authority
  • River Hamble Mooring Holders Association
  • Royal Yachting Association
  • Solent Forum
  • Solent Protection Society
  • Southampton Solent University
  • Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
  • The Crown Estate
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Warsash Conservation Volunteers
  • Warsash Maritime Academy
  • Warsash Residents Association
  • Warsash Sailing Club

Membership is open to any club or organisation with an interest in the Hamble Estuary.