03 Sep Top tips for going on a seashore safari
Here in Hampshire, we’re lucky to have some incredible coastline to explore. A seashore safari is a great opportunity to explore your local shoreline, spot some amazing wildlife and connect with nature.
It’s very simple to get involved – all you need is a container, some waterproof shoes and a spotter guide of some kind.
In the video, join ranger Karima, Carly (from our podcast) and Carly’s daughter Summer as they explore the beach at Netley. Watch below to see what wildlife they spot and learn how to try it yourself.
You can purchase spotter guides from visitor centres at our country parks (Lepe Country Park and Royal Victoria Country Park are both by the sea) or you can find plenty of free resources online. Similarly, you may see one of the Bird Aware Solent rangers during your trip to the coastline. These friendly rangers are always happy to help you identify birds and other coastal wildlife. You can also visit the Bird Aware Solent website to find fun coastal activities, help with bird identification and learn all about the important work that the Bird Aware Solent team do.
If you do visit the coast for a seashore safari, it’s good practice to follow the Coastal Code to help look after wintering birds. These birds only have a limited time for feeding so it’s important to give them the space they need to feed and rest in the colder autumn and winter months. Remember to:
- Look out for birds on the coast
- Move further away if birds become alert
- Keep dogs alongside you away from birds
- Follow signs and stay on paths
We’d love to see how your seashore safaris go! Be sure to share what you spot with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.