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Birds of the Solent - Virtual Winter Talk with Broadcaster and Ornithologist Keith Betton

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As we head into spring, it is always a delight to see wildlife and all things nature come to life around our South Coast Marinas and along the Solent, especially as our sheltered coastline and harbours provide a rich diversity of habitats for birds. 

Join us on Thursday 25th February at 19.00 and enjoy an illustrated virtual talk called ‘Birds of the Solent’.  Hosted by Keith Betton, Chairman of the Hampshire Ornithological Society and the County Bird Recorder for Hampshire, he will showcase the main species of birds you can see along the Solent; from waders, herons, divers to grebes and rails, and also talk about the best times of year to spot the different migrating birds.

He will signpost key beauty spots on the water to anchor up and enjoy the local wildlife, including on the Hamble River and Langstone Harbour, plus give tips and guidance on how to observe species without disturbing them.

An evening arranged exclusively for berth holders, if you would like to sign up to attend this winter talk please click the link and fill out your details. You will then receive an email with Zoom login details the day before the talk. To register your interest click here

Background on speaker, Keith Betton:

Keith Betton is a writer and broadcaster on birds and birdwatching, and regularly appears on BBC Radio Solent. He is Chairman of the Hampshire Ornithological Society and is the County Bird Recorder for Hampshire - officially curating all data of both common and rare birds in the county and co-ordinating surveys and measures to protect the bird areas. He has undertaken a number of recent birding trips at sea – including a journey from Antarctica to the Cape Verde islands, and also the Subantarctic islands of New Zealand and Australia. Despite this he is happiest watching birds in Hampshire. Photo attached of Keith with a young Peregrine chick (a species that nests along the Solent).