Several organisations play a role or have an interest in protecting and managing the North Norfolk Chalk Beds and their unique structure and wildlife.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is a UK national voluntary organisation, founded over thirty years ago, which works to protect and conserve our seas, shores and wildlife.
Its work on the North Norfolk Chalk Beds is part of Agents of Change, a project led by the Marine Conservation Society, with Fauna and Flora International and the New Economics Foundation, and funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
The project aims to involve local communities in understanding and caring for Marine Conservation Zones.
The local MCS Agents of Change contact is Hilary Cox, who lives in Cromer.
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Another site where the MCS is undertaking an Agents of Change project is Kingmere, off the Sussex coast.
Two organisations covering neighbouring terrestrial and marine designated areas, who share many interests and objectives with those of the chalk beds, have supported the Agents of Change initiative with funding and in-kind assistance:
The Norfolk Coast Partnership works to protect and enhance the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a national landscape designation covering a main coastal area from Hunstanton to Paston, which includes the cliffs and beach to mean low water for much of the length of the chalk beds’ designated area.
The Wash and North Norfolk Marine Partnership (WNNMP) coordinates management of The Wash and North Norfolk Marine Protected Area, which adjoins the chalk beds designated area to the west and covers a large marine area including the Wash.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) produces statutory plans, and regulates and licenses marine activities, in the seas around England so that they’re carried out in a sustainable way. It has an important role in managing development in the marine environment that might affect Marine Conservation Zones.
Natural England is the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide. It provides advice on the designation and management measures for Marine Conservation Zones.
The Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority is one of 10 Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs), which protect the marine inshore environment around the coasts of England. Its role includes conservation of the marine environment as well as fisheries management and enforcement duties. It regulates fishing activities toI ensure they are compatible with conservation targets for marine wildlife habitats including Marine Conservation Zones.
North Norfolk District Council is the local authority based in Cromer, which has a planning and development regulation role to mean low water, as well as coastal management / defence responsibilities.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust is a county voluntary organisation, part of the national Wildlife Trusts group, working to protect and conserve the county’s wildlife. It owns and manages nature reserves on land, and also has an interest in the seas around the county through its ‘Living Seas’ project.