Havant Borough Council is proud to be an active partner in Bird Aware Solent - a partnership of local councils and conservation bodies that aims to protect important species of bird.
Funded by contributions from developments, the partnership’s aim is to raise awareness of these amazing birds and help people to enjoy the coast without disturbing them.
Our borough is fortunate enough to not only be blessed with 60 kilometres of coastline, but one that is of international importance. The coastline around Havant is protected by law and recognised internationally for its ecological value.
Both Langstone and Chichester Harbours have been designated as a Specials Protection Area (SPA) and 10% of the UK population of Brent Geese rely on these areas to survive.
A dedicated team of Bird Aware rangers work year-round, meeting residents and helping them to best enjoy our coast while limiting bird disturbance. They work tirelessly and, in addition to their work on our coastline, hold a range of family events and activities throughout the year.
Langstone Harbour - and the wider Solent region as a whole - is home to a wealth of birds which return to ‘overwinter’ along our coastline, surviving on the rich food resource it provides. Several internationally important species rely on our coastline, including the ringed plover and black-tailed godwit who are on the RSPB’s red list – the highest conversation priority and requiring urgent action.