Seascape character assessment for the Dover Strait

The seascape character assessment for the Dover Strait is a reference document and planning tool for the coastal and marine area in Kent and Nord Pas-de-Calais region.

Through the NOSTRA project, we completed this study with consultants LUC, working in partnership with Pas-de-Calais County Council. The study presents a detailed picture of the Dover Strait, capturing the unique natural and cultural character of the area through data analysis, fieldwork and stakeholder consultation. It covers the Kent coast from Margate to Dungeness.

In the UK the study will be used for marine planning by the Marine Management Organisation and we are working with district authorities to show how it can be used for terrestrial planning.

The study highlights some of the similarities between the French and UK shorelines and the long and rich shared history that has been played out across the Dover Strait.