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Rangers’ recommended waterside walks

Our Rangers share some of their favourite waterside walks around the Solent, together with tips for looking out for birds

Ranger Julie's tour of Calshot

Ranger Julie takes us on a tour of one of her favourite wildlife spots on the Solent: Calshot Beach and Calshot Marsh. Always changing, but as she says, never failing to deliver for the wonderful sights and sounds of nature.

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Ranger Lizzie tour of Emsworth

Join Ranger Lizzie as she walks from Emsworth Quay towards Nore Barn Woods, admiring the beautiful views across the harbour towards Langstone Bridge and Hayling Island.

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Ranger Gail’s guide to Bosham Quay, Chichester

Join Ranger Gail as she explores Bosham Quay near Chichester. During her visit Gail on a beautiful winter’s day, Gail spots plenty of brent geese, some curlew, godwit, redshank, little egret, oystercatcher and a huge gathering of mute swans.

She gives valuable advice about parking and about how to minimise disturbance to wildlife while you’re visiting this lovely spot.

Ranger Gail starts from the pay and display public car park near this walk at PO18 8HZ.

Ranger Louise’s guide to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Ranger Louise takes us on a tour of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight including the Western Yar estuary, Mill Copse pond and Yarmouth spit. She talks about the wonderful birdlife you can see in this beautiful spot, including teal, godwit, golden plover and egret.

You can start this walk straight off the ferry from Lymington on the mainland or there’s a car park at PO41 0NU.

Ranger Karima’s guide to Weston Shore, Southampton

Join Ranger Karima as she talks about the wonderful wildlife you can see along Weston Shore in Southampton. Find out about the birds that make their home here and what it is that makes this coastline special. Karima starts her walk from the car park at SO19 9SH.

Karima explains why Weston Shore is a magical place where people from urban areas come to reflect on the wildlife thriving here.

Ranger Natalie’s guide to Cams Water, Fareham

Ranger Natalie’s walk starts from the nearby car park (PO16 8YQ) and describes a circular route taking around an hour and a half. She also talks about alternative shorter routes and about the wide open green spaces which are ideal for our doggy friends.

Natalie gives some great tips for giving the birds the space they need to feed and rest undisturbed. Of course a Bird Aware walk wouldn’t be complete without admiring the wonderful sights and sounds of the coastal birds that make their home on the Solent. Noisy piping oystercatchers are the stars of Natalie’s walk!