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. A new strategy is currently being created and will be published in 2019. The new strategy is focused on understanding bird movements from the SPA to inland sites and between inland sites. Three years of survey are planned, the results from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 winter surveys 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 new Strategy analyses all the existing data from the 2010 Strategy and the latest survey data. The new strategy also uses a different site classification system to previous years, which is explained in the interim project report which can be downloaded here. Accompanying the new classification system is new mitigation guidance which has also been produced by the Solent Waders and Brent Geese Steering Group, the new guidance is available to download here .
The 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, the National Grid, HBIC, 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.