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December 2019 - Local nature group serves up a Christmas cracker

Earlier this month saw a new nature-based event hit the Solent.  Open to all the public, the 'Great Solent Birdwatch' helped to highlight amazing birds such as curlew, sanderling and redshank to communities living across the area. 

Locations such as Newtown in the Isle of Wight, Hythe near Southampton, Lepe in the New Forest and Farlington Marshes in Portsmouth were popular places for the event.  Jess, age seven, was at Broadmarsh in Havant and she said, 'There were lots of ducks in the mud.  My favourite is a wigeon as its very colourful'. 

Bird Aware Solent - a local partnership of conservation groups and Solent councils that aims to reduce disturbance to coastal birds - created the event for people to record the type and number of birds they saw on the coast.  In total, an impressive 72 different species of birds were counted.

Councillor Se├ín Woodward is Chairman of the Partnership for South Hampshire (PfSH), a body that oversees Bird Aware, and he commented, 'the Solent is a special place and the birds that migrate here every year play a big part in that.  If you visit the coast this winter please keep an eye out for the birds and take care not to disturb them'.

The 'Great Solent Birdwatch' will be back in 2020 so keep an eye on the Bird Aware Solent Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.  If you are interested in completing a garden bird survey the RSPB have one in January, visit http://bit.ly/2EwrTdA for more details.