The Solent is currently alive with winter wading birds, ducks and geese. To celebrate the return of birds like dark-bellied brent geese, wigeon and black tailed godwits, local residents have the chance to become a citizen scientist and contribute to a project that has been created by local bird conservation group, Bird Aware Solent.
The project aims to connect people to our fantastic coastline by becoming a ‘scientist’ for an hour and recording the number, species and location of the birds.
It’s the launch year of the ‘Great Solent Birdwatch’ that runs from 30 November to 8 December. To help you get involved lots of useful resources have been created to help you get involved. Download them here - www.birdaware.org
A Council spokesperson said ‘This citizen science initiative is a perfect way for local people and families to enjoy the remarkable winter birds we welcome every year on the Solent. The coast can get overlooked during winter, but for bird life, there is no better time to visit.’
He added, You don’t have to be the next Charles Darwin or Gilbert White to take part! Everyone is encouraged to sign up and get involved and there is also a photography competition for all those eager to snap the amazing birds. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org