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We invest in projects that physically improve and protect the harbour SPA features and Ramsar sites. Poole Harbour Infrastructure Projects (PHIPs) are projects that provide facilities to manage visitor access to Poole Harbour, such as the provision of better marked routes around the Harbour edge or planting to provide protection to vulnerable birds.


Lake Pier Launch Site Improvement

Working with BCP Council’s Greenspace Development Team and Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management Team and the Poole Harbour Canoe Club. We have improved the launch site at Lake Pier and to showcase the high conservation value of the site to visitors, promoting positive access. This is one of the busiest launch sites in the harbour for paddle sports and we have installed the Paddle power map to show people where they can and can’t launch and land around the harbour. This improvement mitigates impact on Arne nature reserve where unofficial landings by paddlers causes high levels of disturbance to feeding and roosting shorebirds.
BCP Projects | Lake Pier Launch Site improvements

Rock Lea Viewing Platform

The new raised viewpoint is wheelchair accessible and gives a panoramic view over Lytchett Bay. The views are better than anything which was previously achievable, designated wading birds such as Avocets, Redshanks and Little Egrets feed close to the viewpoint happily. This new facility is already proving popular with visitors, not just keen bird watchers, but local people who are enjoying a healthy walk with a beautiful and ever-changing view. Every tide is different and the changing light always make for a new experience. Feedback has been unanimously positive and the daily numbers of visitors confirm its popularity. Beneath this viewing platform is a ditch and fence which has zoned off the sensitive reedbeds and mudflats from recreational disturbance.


What we fund

  • Projects that aim to mitigate or stop recreational disturbance to SPA features via visitor access management.
  • Projects that aim to mitigate or stop recreational disturbance to SPA features via enhanced facilities – eg viewing platforms, bird hides, Suitable Alternative Natural Green Spaces (SANGs).
  • Projects that aim to create refuge areas and/or improved habitats for SPA feature species through access management e.g zoning, buffer zones, rationalising multiple access points to the shoreline.


Both public and private sector applications are eligible:
  • Landowners/ managers
  • NGO’s
  • Independent organisations
  • Local Authority departments

How much can I apply for?

Projects are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Whilst there is no lower or upper limit on the amount that can be requested it will depend on what has been collected by the local authority in a given year (see ‘How we fund it’ section) and the level of mitigation it will deliver in perpetuity.

How we fund it

PHIPs will be delivered from contributions collected through Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payments, or secured through Section 106 agreements, depending upon the circumstances. Where schemes are exempt from paying CIL, there is likely to be a requirement to provide PHIPs through Section 111, Section 106 Agreement or unilateral undertaking.

The process

Ensure you have read part 2 of the SPD 2019-2024 to fully understand what we can fund.
Download the project proforma and set out your project idea, objectives and estimated budget.
Contact the mitigation coordinator to discuss your project proforma. They will advise on whether this is eligible or not.
If advised to continue after the initial discussion, complete and submit your proforma to the mitigation coordinator.
  • They will assess it against the scoring matrix below
  • They will respond within 2 weeks of submission with feedback
  • If suitable they will submit the project to the steering group who will feedback within 2 weeks. This group comprises Dorset Council, BCP council and Natural England representatives who will assess the level of mitigation and costs.
  • The decision could be immediate, or advisories may be given that will need to be satisfied before resubmission
  • For sums above 10k both DC and BCP have additional boards that will be required to assess the application, this can take up to 4 weeks.
If your application is successful funds will immediately be paid to your organisation as advised by the mitigation coordinator.
The mitigation coordinator will be your main contact and support throughout this process, and applications can take between 2 – 3 months from initial submission. Larger requests over 50k have additional checks and may require more time.


Contact the Mitigation Coordinator: