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What are we protecting and why?

Bird Aware Solent aims to protect winter coastal birds and their ability to continue to feed and rest as more people visit the Solent coastline in future years. The building of new homes around the Solent will lead to an increase in the population which will lead to an increase in recreational activity along the coast. The recreational activity, such as walking, cycling and jogging, and the presence of dogs, can disturb the birds. Disturbance reduces the birds' opportunities to feed, which can mean they have insufficient energy to survive the winter or to complete their migratory journey to their breeding sites, which can lead to a reduction in bird numbers.