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April 2019 - Bird protection group gets a feather in its cap

Bird Aware, a Solent based partnership that helps to protect special birds such ringed plover and brent geese, attended the national Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) awards last night.

The partnership, made up of four conservation groups and 15 local authorities, were shortlisted for the 'Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment' category after receiving the overall regional winners' honour in November. 

Councillor Seán Woodward, Chairman of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), which oversees Bird Aware Solent remarked, 'This group of organisations has done a fantastic job of putting in place the means to effectively and economically convey important environmental messages.  I'm not surprised they were recognised as leaders in the region and I'm very pleased that PUSH has played a part in Bird Aware's success.'

Partnership manager, Anna Parry added, 'Our region covers the New Forest to Chichester and the Isle of Wight and everyone has made huge strides forward in the past few years.  I would like to thank all of our partners for their valuable input and I'm looking forward to the project continuing to evolve in the coming years.'   

Bird Aware Solent is an initiative that helps to raise awareness of the 125,000 coastal birds that spend the winter on the Solent every year.