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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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Black-tailed 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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Wellbeing in nature

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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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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The ‘Incredi-bills’

Different wader species have their own unique ways of finding food, and each bird has a special tool to match – their bill. Here, we explore the fascinating capabilities of some of our wader’s incredible bills.

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The eggs-files

Nesting season is underway for many coastal birds, and it won’t be long before they start laying their eggs. We’ve put together a set of fact files for some of the Solent’s special ground nesting species.

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Kayaking on the River Hamble

Watersports with wildlife: balancing differing needs

Ranger Julie explains why it makes a difference when watersports enthusiasts stay nature-friendly.

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Bird Aware Solent ranger with Conrad the dog

Top tips for a bird aware dog walk

When enjoying a coastal walk with your dog, it’s important to remember the wildlife with which we share our shores. Here are our top tips to enjoy a fun-filled walk at the beach while respecting the needs of the birds that call it home.

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Bird Aware Solent rangers at Bunny Meadows

River Hamble Estuary – a wealth of wildlife

Ranger Tony tell us why the River Hamble Estuary is a great place to start if you’ve ever thought about getting into birdwatching.

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Dark-bellied brent geese in flight at sunset

Where do Solent’s coastal birds go in spring?

In early spring our overwintering migratory birds are preparing for epic journeys. So where do Solent’s winter birds go in the summer? And how do they know how to get there?

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A dog wearing a Coast and Country Canine scarf

Welcome to Coast and Country Canines

This week sees the official launch of Coast and Country Canines, a Bird Aware Solent initiative designed to encourage and empower dog owners to walk in a wildlife aware way.
Shona Jenkins, our Dog Initiatives Officer tells us all about the project:

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Dunlin in flight

Why birds are brilliant

Ranger Dawn tells us exactly why she thinks birds are much more talented than they’re often given credit for. She shines a spotlight on their record-breaking feats, their inspiration to human flight, their mimicry and engineering skills, and their ability to overcome the toughest challenges to survive – and thrive.

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The Oyster Beds

Our rangers’ seasonal highlights

What’s been the high points of the ranger team’s winter so far? And what are they looking forward to in 2023?

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