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Annual mitigation event soars like a bird

The occasion, for partnerships helping to protect internationally important birds and wildlife, proved to be a great success.

As reported in the last edition of 'Bird Aware News', The annual mitigation meet-up was held in November and hosted over 60 representatives who joined in the lively, information-packed day.

The event is an important date in the diary for organisations to share developments from their projects and highlight best practice.  Officers exchanged notes on far reaching topics such as suitable alternative natural greenspace (SANG), the Sweetman II judgement on the Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) and how rangers effectively engage with users of the coast.

Delegates were also fortunate to gain some insightful observations during a  stimulating session on testing behaviour change by Natural England.  The conference was rounded up with a visit to the Hayling Island oyster beds - a sensitive stretch of coastline that receives numerous visitors.  Iconic birds such as brent geese, oystercatcher and curlew migrate to the site every year.

In total Bird Aware welcomed a total of 17 different organisations.  One partnership travelled from as far away as Lanzarote to gain further understanding of how partnerships are meeting their aims.

Thanks to Havant Borough Council for providing the location and to Natural England for their support in the organisation and delivery of the event.