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App and website development

On 20th July we had a meeting to discuss the development of the project’s app and website. In attendance were representatives from the Hampshire Ornithological Society, RSPB, Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre, Langstone Harbour Board, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, New Forest District Council and also the BTO Wetland Bird Survey local organiser.

The meeting went well with lots of ideas discussed and taken on board to provide further guidance to the developing project and applications. We have also been collecting together photographs to use on the app and website for aiding identification of species. Most of the photographs have been kindly supplied by keen local wildlife photographers including Richard Ford, Rob Skinner, Josie Hewitt and Lee Fuller. They are great photos – here are some examples!

Little Tern - Rob Skinner
Little Tern – Rob Skinner
Turnstone - Josie Hewitt
Turnstone – Josie Hewitt

Looking forward, the preparation for the projects are not far from completion with analyse of older data on going and the website and app coming on. We already have a number of volunteer birders and bird ringers who have already expressed interest and signed up which is brilliant. Are you also keen to make a different and get involved in this exciting project? Email!

Have a great week and thank you for reading.


Project Updates Please Expert Panel

On 15.06.2015 the second expert panel meeting was held in Havant, Hampshire.

In attendence were representatives of the Environment Agency, Natural England, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife trust, RSPB, New Forest District Council & CCO and the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership.

The project team presented on progress since the first meeting in early 2015 and the developments in data gathering and Website and App development. The expert panel were supportive of the adopted approach to date and also the proposed activities moving forwards.

The meeting was hugely productive and provided further guidance to the developing project. The project logo was universally approved and the new slogan ‘working together with nature’ also agreed by vote.

Looking forward the project team will continue efforts to engage the public and get passionate birders involved in this project. The App and website will continue to be developed with roll out in September 2015. Analysis of 5 years of BTO data will now be completed in advance of the approaching season while a plan for catchesin 2015/2016 is produced.

For more information and ways you can get involved please get in contact at

Have a great week and thanks for reading.

Project Website & recording App procured!

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The Solent Birds team are delighted to announce that they are now working with Natural Apptitude to produce a new recording website and App for the Solent Region. This App will allow local volunteers and enthusiasts to electronically record their sightings of protected species in the field. All data collected from the website and App will then be added to the same database of records.

The app will be FREE! and all data collected will be made freely available to the community and will not be sold for profit.

We look forward to releasing the App and Website in the near future. This is a huge step for the project and we hope the local birding community will embrace this development.

Keen to help us test the App? please email us at to express your interest!

Have a great day!



Exciting News!

The project team are currently investigating opportunities to produce a data recording Application for iPhone and Android phones and tablets and also a data recording website! This app will be freely available and allow wildlife enthusiasts to record sightings of protected species within the Solent and beyond! Your data will feed into this project and help shape future management of key sites along our coastline and inland.

Further information will be announced in the future!

Watch this space!

Note- This project is not for profit and data collected would be shared publicly. The App that will be created will benefit recording throughout the project and beyond!

Project taking flight!

The project team have been making good progress of late working alongside partners in Natural England and other local wildlife groups. The programme of works over the next 2 years has been established and the proposals will be shown to the expert panel in June.

The Expert Panel includes:

-Natural England

-The Environment Agency


-Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

-Portsmouth City Council

-New Forest District Council / Channel Coastal Observatory

-Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

-And local wildlife experts from around the Solent

By working in collaboration we are able to ensure the project remains focussed and has the support and buy in of key stakeholders from around our region, we are all working towards a common goal to ensure habitat needs for key species are met in the future. This project will feed into this process.

Interested in getting involved? Please contact us at


How can you help?

We are looking for data on bird sightings across the Solent. Do you have records you are willing to share? Please get in contact,

Could you help us record sightings during the 2015/16 over wintering season? We need you! Sites across our region will need to be monitored and their use by various species recorded… Please get in contact to help us collect data on key sites on 

Why follow this blog?

This blog will provide regular project updates and will become the projects voice to those with an active interest. A weekly update will be provided each Tuesday Afternoon to keep you up to speed with developments, findings and opoortunities to get involved in the work!