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 The Solent Waders and Brent Goose Strategy (SWBGS)

The Solent Waders and Brent Goose Strategy is a conservation partnership project, which aims to conserve the internationally important Brent Goose and wading bird populations within and around the Special Protection Areas and Ramsar wetlands of the Solent coast.

The first Strategy was published in 2002 and focused on Brent Geese in the eastern Solent harbours; in 2010 a new Solent-wide Strategy was published, covering both wading birds and Brent Geese. The current use mapping outputs for the 2010 Strategy were updated in 2017 and are available for download at https://solentwbgs.wordpress.com/.

Current survey work is focused on understanding how coastal birds move between inland sites. These findings will be used to inform a new Strategy, which will be published in 2018. The new Strategy will analyse all the existing data and focus on identifying the key sites to conserve within the inland site network.

The partnership steering group members include Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Natural England, RSPB, Hampshire County Council and the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust lead on the co-ordination of survey work and analysis of data.

The current survey programme and recent data updates are being funded by the Hampshire Ornithological Society, the Environment Agency, HBIC, Natural England, the Solent Forum, the Local Planning Authorities for the New Forest, Eastleigh, Gosport, Fareham, Portsmouth, Havant, and Chichester, Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the Solent Forum.