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 latest strategy, the Solent Waders & Brent Goose Strategy 2020, has now been published. The 2020 Strategy focuses on understanding bird movements from the SPA areas to inland sites, and between inland sites. Three years of movement surveys have been carried out, the results have been analysed and used to update the current use mapping. The mapping is available to view on the strategy, maps and data page.
The 2020 Strategy analyses all the existing data from the 2010 Strategy and the latest survey data up to 2019. A different site classification system has been used to previous years; the method is fully explained in the Strategy document. Mitigation guidance has also been produced by the Solent Waders and Brent Geese Steering Group, and accompanies the Strategy; the guidance is available to download here .
The steering group members include Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Natural England, RSPB, Hampshire County Council and Coastal Partners. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust lead on the co-ordination of survey work and analysis of data.
The survey programme and data updates have been funded by Hampshire Ornithological Society, the Environment Agency, the National Grid, Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre, Natural England, the Solent Forum, the Local Planning Authorities for the New Forest, Southampton, Eastleigh, Gosport, Fareham, Portsmouth, Havant, and Chichester, Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the New Forest National Park Authority.