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Explore the Solent

The Solent is a stunning area of coastline. The variety of habitats from sandy beaches to muddy river banks support a huge variety of plants and animals. There are many ways to experience the uniqueness of the region and soak up all it has to offer, including on two wheels, on foot or on the water.

Local authorities and national organisations have produced resources dedicated to active travel which help people to stay fit, experience more and capture the Solent in the best way possible.

Many of these beautiful areas are also used by feeding, resting and nesting birds, alongside other sensitive wildlife. So make sure you share our shores following the Coastal Code to ensure that wildlife can enjoy these areas too.

Packing your paddle?

You’ll find information about staying safe and wildlife friendly when you’re canoeing or kayaking on the Langstone Harbour website.

Family in Great Coastal Birdwatch

Great Coastal Birdwatch 2022

Take part in this year’s Great Solent Birdwatch 22-30 October 2022

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Watersports with Wildlife

Our watersports with wildlife map and guides help paddle and wind sports enthusiasts coexist with nature.

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