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The Great Solent Birdwatch is our annual wildlife event focusing on coastal bird species around Hampshire, Chichester Harbour and the Isle of Wight. It is a citizen science project that aims to raise awareness of the incredible range of overwintering birds that visit the Solent each year.

During the week participants do their own survey by spending up to an hour recording the different birds they spot in their chosen location around the Solent coast. They then submit the results to us which contributes to our data set.


The Great Solent Birdwatch event

Thank you to everyone who took part in this project. See below for the results:

83 species were counted in the Great Solent Birdwatch
9,070 birds were counted in the Great Solent Birdwatch

Top 10 Coastal Birds Spotted

Great Solent Birdwatch top 10 coastal birds

Top 5 Ducks

Top 5 ducks

Top 5 Wading Birds

Top 3 Gulls

Great Solent Birdwatch top 3 gulls

Find out about the winners of the Great Solent Birdwatch photo competition

We hope that people taking part will be inspired to become more aware of the birds that use the Solent area. Our aim is to reduce disturbance from coastal recreation by giving these special birds the space they need to feed and rest.

The next Great Solent Birdwatch will take place from Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 October 2022 – stay tuned for more updates!