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Hurst Spit New Forest coast

Winter birdlife on the New Forest coast

Ranger Julie tells us her favourite places to go birdwatching on the New Forest coastline.

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Brent geese and oystercatchers on the Solent shoreline

10 birds to spot on the Solent coast

We’re lucky to have a wealth of wildlife along the Solent coastline. Here’s some of the birds you’re most likely to see if you’re out on the coast – and how to tell them apart.

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Golden plovers roosting on the saltmarsh

Getting to know our medium-sized wading birds

As the Solent’s wintering birds arrive around our shores, we’ll be sharing a series of blogs to help you identify them. This blog features our medium-sized waders.

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Turnstones perched on a post by the sea

Celebrating the Solent’s winter birds with the Great Coastal Birdwatch

This year’s Great Coastal Birdwatch kicks off on Saturday 14 October and we’re asking everyone who lives near our beautiful coastline to take part.

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Bird Aware Solent rangers at Bunny Meadows

Fareham’s winter wildlife gems

Ranger Natalie tell us about her two favourite birdwatching destinations and how to enjoy them sensitively.

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The Bird Aware Solent team

Get to know the Bird Aware team

Get to know the Bird Aware team at the start of their busy winter season. Come and say hello if you see us out and about on the coast.

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The return of the Solent’s coastal birds

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisper, an exciting phenomenon takes place along the Solent coast as migratory coastal birds arrive, finding refuge here for the colder winter months.

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Sanderlings roosting on the Solent shore

The Solent’s small wading birds

As the Solent’s wintering birds start to reappear around our shores, we’ll be sharing a series of blogs to help you identify them, starting with our small waders.

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A parliament - or group - of rooks

Rook, crow, raven or jackdaw?

In this feature, we’re focusing of four of the black feathered members of the crow family that you’ll see around the Solent coastline and how to tell them apart.

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Sanderling in flight

More amazing adaptations

In the second part of our feature on bird adaptations, find out about how birds’ toes and bills have evolved so they can thrive in the most challenging of environments.

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Godwit in flight

Amazing adaptations

Birds have evolved over millions of years to thrive in diverse habitats around the world. Find out about some of their unique adaptations which allow them to live in the most challenging of environments.

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Yellow wagtail

Which wagtail?

As a family, wagtails are fairly easy to identify with long tails which, true to their name, they constantly bob up and down. So what’s the easiest way to tell them apart?

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Hill Head beach

Haven for Hill Head winter birds

Find out how a new protected area for birds is being introduced at Hill Head beach over the winter months.

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Flower power

It’s summertime and the Solent is in bloom! Here are some of our favourite coastal plants to look out for next time you visit the seaside.

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Ranger Richie

Meet Ranger Richie

Richie Ainger, our new Bird Aware lead ranger, talks about what he’s looking forward to at Bird Aware.

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East Head beach

Wellbeing in nature

At the start of Mental Health Awareness week, it’s no surprise to hear it’s been scientifically proven that birds are good for our health.

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Firecrest

Bird royalty

With the coronation just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about royalty in the bird world.

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Peregrine falcon in flight

Buzzard or kite? Sparrowhawk or peregrine? Telling apart birds of prey

Tips and advice to help identify different types of birds of prey and appreciate the unique features that make them distinct.

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