Eastleigh Borough Council is supporting an initiative to protect vulnerable birds that spend the winter on the Solent.
Over 90,000 waders and wildfowl migrate to the Solent each winter from as far away as Siberia. This makes the Solent coastline of worldwide importance for birds. When people visit the coast, they may prevent the birds from feeding if they disturb them. This can mean the birds do not have enough energy to survive the winter and fly back to breed at their summer habitats.
The Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership of local authorities and conservation bodies has created the ‘Bird Aware Solent’ campaign to help coastal visitors be aware of the vulnerability of migrating birds.