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The Great Coastal Birdwatch

22 October to 30 October 2022

Every year we mark the arrival of the migratory birds which spend the winter on the Solent with the Great Coastal Birdwatch.

By taking part you’ll increase your knowledge of the coastal birds in your local area, help contribute valuable data and learn how to become more bird aware.

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How to take part:

  • Choose a spot around the Solent coast to do your watch.
  • Spend up to one hour counting the number of birds that you see. Check out our Meet the birds pages for bird identification help and download our Great Coastal Birdwatch recording form to help you keep count.
  • Follow the Coastal Code: look out for birds, move away if they become alert, keep dogs alongside you and follow requests on signs.
  • Let us know how many birds you spotted. So that you don’t count the same bird twice, we recommend you count the maximum you see of each species at any time.

We’ll soon be sharing more information including a kid-friendly version of our recording sheet to make sure everyone can get involved. We’ll also be sharing links to a special online form for you to share your findings.

Please check out our recommendations for keeping warm and safe as well as our extra tips for getting the most out of your coastal birdwatch.

Our rangers will be hosting pop-up events during the week – why not stop by and say hello! Nearer the time, we’ll be posting full details of times and locations on our events page.

Want to find out the results of last year’s birdwatch? Visit our Great Solent Birdwatch blog to find out more.

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