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Bird Aware 'in action' day

On the 27th of February councillors and colleagues gathered at Hill Head for Ranger Lizzie to lead a walk and pass on insight about the Partnership.

The day began by looking across the intertidal area east of the sailing club, watching brent geese feeding in the food rich mudflats.  Glorious sunshine and a rising tide meant perfect conditions for observing coastal birds and learning the public engagement tactics of the Bird Aware Rangers.

Hill Head is a great area to see numerous bird species and experience their vulnerability.  On a rising tide, birds are pushed closer to the sea wall, making them particularly exposed to disturbance. The group heard how Rangers position themselves during this period in strategic locations to catch visitors who are heading out onto the shore, potentially leading to disturbance.

Consisting of attendees from six different authorities, the group then walked around the harbour towards Meon Shore where Lizzie highlighted the importance of high tide roosts.  Upon spotting a flock of turnstone, Lizzie pointed out numerous species of birds and explained that they vary in levels of confidence so all behave differently around people.  

Members of the group then had the chance to look through the telescope and observe Sanderling using the end of the spit as a high tide roost.  Rangers have an excellent knowledge of the resting spots around the Solent and different strategies are used to guard them.

Before heading back to Titchfield Haven visitor centre, several oystercatchers flew by displaying their beautiful wing patterns, which rounded the morning off superbly.