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About the birds

The Solent coast and its wildlife are special. The sheltered coast and harbours provide a rich diversity of habitats for birds. Every winter more than 90,000 waders and wildfowl fly here from as far as the Arctic.

Coastal birds live by the rhythm of the tides. At low tide they feed around the water's edge. At high tide they rest together on the shore or close by to conserve energy and wait for the next low tide. Find out more about some of the Solent's best known birds by clicking on them below. 

The UK's birds are in three categories of conservation importance - red, amber and green. Red is the highest conservation priority, with species needing urgent action. Amber is the next most critical group, followed by green. These categories help conservation bodies and the government to prioritise their work. More information on these categories can be found on the RSPB website  categories explained.