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.

Browse Waterbirds in the UK 2013/14 online



This month's WeBS Core Count date: 17 May 2015

Spring is now well and truly upon us. The UK's wetlands are busy with early breeding activity and evidence of spring passage. May can be a great month to go birding at wetland sites, both inland and on the coast. Gravel pits can be attractive to unusual passage waterbirds such as Garganey, Black-necked Grebe, Little Gull and Black Tern. Many Little Ringed Plovers will be back on breeding sites, and may be joined by passage waders such as Common Sandpiper and if you are really lucky a Temminck's Stint. On the coast, anything is possible as migration kicks in. Waders such as Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover and Sanderling can often be seen during seawatches along the south coast as they head to Arctic breeding grounds.

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.