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SOLENT-BASED BIRD PROTECTION PARTNERSHIP FLYING HIGH

Mike Allgrove (Planning Policy Manager, Chichester District Council) and Anna Parry (Bird Aware Partnership Manager)

Bird Aware Solent, which helps to protect coastal birds in the region, was recognised at the National Planning Awards last week with a prestigious environmental award.

The ceremony, that was held at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, presented Bird Aware Solent with the ‘Planning for the Natural Environment’ award for its strong collaboration work and functional methods of awareness raising.

The Bird Aware Partnership helps facilitate projects to protect the birds and engages with members of the public to aid understanding of their importance. The Partnership covers a stretch of 254km of coast, including the Northern shore of the Isle of Wight and the coastline extending from the New Forest to Chichester.

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Bird Aware Solent was founded in 2014 and consists of 4 conservation groups and 15 local authorities.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Chairman of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), which oversees Bird Aware Solent said:

“I’m thrilled that Bird Aware Solent has been recognised for this award.  The initiative is vital as it helps to protect 125,000 birds, including curlew and brent geese, that spend the winter in the region every year.  It is great when local organisations supporting local wildlife are acknowledged for their hard work and dedication”.

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