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Our successes

Bird Aware Solent’s original strategy, published at the end of 2017, set out focus areas to help mitigate the potential impact of increased leisure activity on the coast

Here are a selection of case studies spotlighting the impact of different projects within the following focus areas:

  • a team of rangers to engage with members of the public
  • communications, marketing and education initiatives
  • a dog walking initiative
  • ‘codes of conduct’ for a variety of coastal activities
  • site-specific projects to better manage visitors and provide secure habitats for the birds
  • providing new/enhanced greenspaces as an alternative to visiting the coast.
Ranger passes a member of the public a bird spotting guide

A range of case studies give an indication of the successes of these strands: The 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 ‘code of conduct’, and ranger guided walks.

Dog on lead

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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Dog walks at Bunny Meadows

A case study about a wildlife friendly dog walk at Bunny Meadows.

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butterfly in meadow

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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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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