The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)
Welcome to the WeBS homepage. The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) monitors non-breeding waterbirds in the UK. The principal aims of WeBS are to identify population sizes, determine trends in numbers and distribution, and identify important sites for waterbirds. If you have any problems, please contact us.
WeBS report: Waterbirds in the UK 2013/14
Search the interactive online interface to find latest information on status of the UK’s waterbirds and the wetlands used by them. [If you experience any difficulties loading the page, please press "F5" or "Refresh" your page on screen using the relevant button in the browser bar. Recommended browsers are Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer v.9 onwards]. With a new colour report providing a summary of the results and other waterbird related stories, the new style ‘WeBS annual report’ provides an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in waterbirds in the UK and beyond.
This month's WeBS Core Count date: 19 July 2015
Although July is midsummer when numbers of many species are at their lowest as birds become more secretive as they breed, it also marks the start of the autumn wader passage. Early and non-breeding birds from the Arctic such as Knot and Curlew Sandpiper start to appear in their dapper summer plumage while in contrast ducks begin to moult into their drab eclipse plumage. Stay safe and enjoy your WeBS Count!
WeBS supports IWC in Sierra Leone
January 2014 saw a coordinated effort as part of the International Waterbird Census to count waterbirds at major wetlands along the length of the East Atlantic flyway that usually receive no coverage. This included expeditions to west Africa where waterbirds tend to be particularly poorly monitored. Important sites on the coast of Sierra Leone were counted by a small team of volunteers from the UK and colleagues at the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL). Support for this expedition was provided by the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative and WeBS. As well as collecting important information on numbers of birds at sites in Sierra Leone, the two-week trip included training of CSSL staff in waterbird monitoring methods and engagement with local communities.