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Our successes

In 2023 an independent review by Footprint Ecology examined the effectiveness of the Bird Aware Solent partnership, reporting on what could be learned from its first 5 years. The review concluded that Bird Aware had been ground-breaking in many ways, providing a model for other mitigation schemes around the country.

The review reported that Bird Aware Solent was seen as well run, organised and professional, ensuring a smooth process for mitigation delivery, and an efficient system for awarding infrastructure grants.

The ranger team were reported as being passionate, approachable, observant, knowledgeable, and friendly, and the level of mitigation achieved was summarised as impressive.

The report concluded that Bird Aware Solent will have a key role to play in nature recovery in the future.

Click here to read the Footprint Ecology report in full.

Facts and figures – infographic

Find an accessible, interactive version of all the data on this infographic by clicking on the following link: Bird Aware Solent infographic facts and figures.

Case studies

A range of case studies give an indication of the successes of the work of the Bird Aware Solent partnership: the introduction of a new haven for Hill Head’s winter birdsthe Alver Valley Country Park SANG, engagement activities surrounding The Great Coastal Birdwatch, site-specific project work at Peartree Green, featured dog walks at Bunny Meadows, the Wildlife with Watersports initiative, and ranger guided walks.

Sanderling on the beach at Hill Head

A haven for Hill Head birds

A case study showing how robust data collected by the ranger team enabled Bird Aware Solent to make a convincing case for an extension to the beach’s existing Public Spaces Protection Order.

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A beagle on a dog walk

Alver Valley Country Park SANG

A case study about the 200-hectare Alver Valley Country Park which is sandwiched between the urban areas of Gosport and Lee-on-the Solent.

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Brent geese flying over Portsmouth sunset

Bird Aware Solent in facts and figures

A summary of Bird Aware Solent’s work, partners and strategy.

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A ranger with a dog sitting on the coast

Dog walks at Bunny Meadows

A case study about a wildlife friendly dog walk at Bunny Meadows, showing that being a responsible dog walker means being part of a wildlife aware community and protecting natural spaces.

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A butterfly in a park

Peartree Green site specific project

A case study about improvements made to Peartree Green a recently declared Local Nature Reserve north of the centre of Woolston, Southampton.

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A ranger with members of the public on a walk

Rangers guided walks

Every year the Bird Aware Solent Ranger team head out across the Solent region to run pop-ups, guided walks and talks together with school and community group visits.

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The Great Coastal Birdwatch 2023

The Great Coastal Birdwatch

A case study about the Great Coastal Birdwatch and the benefits it brings in terms of public engagement with the strategy.

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Wildlife with Watersports

A case study about the wildlife with watersports initiative which encourages people into wildlife-friendly behaviours just as they are entering the sport.

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