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Solent bird initiative calls for natural communicators to join its team 

June 2022

Bird Aware Solent is looking for people who care about wildlife and love talking to members of the public to join its friendly ranger team.

Applicants need to be natural communicators who have a passion for nature. The new recruits will help to patrol the Solent coastline to raise awareness of birds and to encourage people to give them the space they need to thrive.

One of the new roles will be to develop Bird Aware’s event and education programme which includes free birdwatching walks, talks, public events and school activities.

Bird Aware is also recruiting seasonal rangers to help during the busy winter period when thousands of bird migrate to the Solent coast from as far away as Siberia. The fourth role will suit people who are passionate about dogs as it will involve working with local dog walking communities.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Chairman of the Partnership for South Hampshire, the body that oversees Bird Aware, said: ‘Our team of rangers provide a vital and engaging presence for visitors to the Solent. Our coastline is a special place and raising awareness of these protected birds is essential to make sure they can feed and rest here without being disturbed’.

Applicants have until 10 July to apply for the permanent ranger role, and until 17 July to apply for the seasonal rangers and dog initiatives posts. Details are available on the Bird Aware Solent website at

Bird Aware Solent raises awareness of the ducks, geese and wading birds that spend the winter on the Solent coastline. It works on coastlines around the New Forest, Southampton Water, Portsmouth, Chichester and Langstone Harbours and the northern coast of the Isle of Wight and is formed of a partnership of 19 different local authorities and wildlife organisations.

Ranger Karima talking to a visitor at Ryde