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Bird Aware grows its brood

During the January Steering Group, we first updated on the progress of Bird Aware making its way east to Essex.  Fast forward 9 months and we can confirm that Bird Aware Essex Coast is up and running with a dedicated website and a bespoke eight page leaflet.

The Essex RAMS (Recreational disturbance Avoidance Mitigation Strategy) partnership consists of twelve local councils, Essex County Council and Natural England and covers 350 miles from the Thames Estuary to the Stour Estuary.  They face similar challenges to us and many of the birds that overwinter in Essex are the ones we are lucky to have here on the Solent.

We are really pleased to have them under the Bird Aware banner and hope that the extension of the brand will give both regions lots of added benefits such as a louder voice, combined awareness opportunities and a stronger purchasing position.

The website went live on the 16th of September and has a similar look and feel to the Solent version.  www.birdaware.org is now a landing page for the partnership where visitors have the option to click through to either region or information about partnering with us. 

Planning Policy Officer at Colchester Borough Council, Shelley Blackaby said about the new collaboration, 'We all recognise the importance of spreading the message of conservation and protecting the living landscapes that enable wildlife to flourish. Working in partnership with Bird Aware Solent will enable us to share important information and strategies to provide better protection for sensitive bird populations in our coastal areas'. 

Claire Stuckey, Principal planner at Chelmsford City Council added, 'Essex Coast is delighted to join the Bird Aware brand with the launch of a new website. This will be a key tool in helping to raise awareness of the protected birds along our coastline and to help people enjoy the coast whilst giving the special birds space to feed, breed and rest'.

Anna Parry, Bird Aware Solent Partnership Manager is thrilled with the development and comments, 'This is the first of what we hope to be many similar Partnerships joining the Bird Aware family.  As a larger team we can collectively achieve even greater public awareness of the important birds that share the coast with us'.