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The Great Solent Birdwatch

30th November - 8th December

Join in with the Great Solent Birdwatch this winter by spending one hour on the coast recording the birds that you see. Come along to one of the Rangers events during the week or head out to your favourite spot around the Solent to do your survey.

For all of the essential information including your recording form see the Welcome Pack at the bottom of this page.

This is a new citizen science project which aims to raise awareness about the amazing range of overwintering birds that visit the Solent each year and hopes to inspire everyone to become more involved with birdwatching.


For photography enthusiasts, we are also running a photo competition with both adult and junior categories.  For more information, see the terms and conditions in the document link below.

If you need help with your bird identification, just want some company during your survey or you want to see the birds up close through a telescope then come along to one of these events: 

Saturday 30th November time 13:00-15:00 - Ryde, Isle of Wight - meet by the Big Kahuna 
Saturday 30th November 9:30-11:30 - Hamble River Causeway, Fareham - meet by the pink ferry
Sunday 1st December 12:30-14:30 - Bembridge Harbour, Isle of Wight - meet by start of the causeway (St Helens Duver side)
Sunday 1st December 9:00-11:00 - Cams Bay, Fareham - meet at the end of Birdwood Grove
Monday 2nd December 11:00-13:00 - Emsworth, Havant - meet at the Warblington Lane slipway
Tuesday 3rd December 10:00 to 12:00 - Lepe Country Park - meet at the picnic tables in front of cafe.
Thursday 5th December 10:00-12:00 - Weston Shore, Southampton - meet by the On the Water cafe
Thursday 5th December time 10:00-12:00 - Yarmouth, Isle of Wight -  meet along the walkway following the Western Yar (South of the River Road Car Park)

Saturday 7th December 12:00-14:00 - Hill Head, Fareham - meet by the Hill Head sailing club 
Sunday 8th December time 12:30-14:30 - Hurst Spit, New Forest - meet by the footbridge where New Lane and Saltgrass Lane meet

In the meantime why not brush up on your local coastal bird knowledge by taking a look at our About the Birds pages and info on the RSPB.

Welcome Pack