About the Solent bird studies project

Solent Bird Studies is a citizen science project designed to help scientists gather data on, and gain a greater understanding of, how birds use the area around the Solent network.

Currently, the degree to which overwintering waders and wildfowl move around the Solent between feeding and roosting areas is poorly understood.  The data collected by this project will help us to fill in the blanks and ultimately enable us to understand how the loss or change in use of a site could negatively affect the network of sites that the birds rely upon.  This will lead to improved decision making about development in the area and help to ensure that the right balance of sites remains available for the important bird life of the area.

Both the app and website enable you to record a single ad-hoc sighting of a species or to survey an entire area.  The app itself also features a built in ID guide to all the species we are interested in recording which includes text descriptions, photo galleries and the birds' calls.

Project partners include:

  • The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (Project Lead)
  • The Environment Agency (Project Sponsor)
  • Natural England
  • RSPB
  • New Forest District Council
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  • Hampshire Ornithological Society
  • Havant Borough Council
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Fareham Borough Council
  • Gosport Borough Council
  • Chichester Harbour Board
  • Langstone Harbour Board
  • Solent Recreation & Mitigation Partnership