Bird Aware Solent is an initiative to raise awareness of the birds that spend the winter on the Solent, so that people can enjoy the coast and its wildlife without disturbing the birds.
Every year 90,000 waders and wildfowl fly here from as far as the Arctic. This makes the Solent coast of worldwide importance for wildlife. These birds need to feed and rest undisturbed so that they can survive the winter and build up enough energy to fly back to their summer habitats. Their survival relies on everyone helping to prevent bird disturbance.
Our rangers engage with visitors and communities along the coast to help people learn about the different species of bird and understand the impact of bird disturbance. We're always happy to hear from you, please contact us.
Additional housing will lead to more people visiting the coast. This has the potential to cause more disturbance to the birds. We are taking action to prevent that disturbance, funded by developer contributions from house builders.
Bird Aware Solent is the brand name of the Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership. We are made up of fifteen local councils, Natural England, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Our terms of reference explain our organisational structure and political governance.