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



Next WeBS Core Count date: 13 September 2015

September can be a very exciting time for wetlands as the first wildfowl such as Pink-footed Geese arrive in force from their northern breeding grounds, non-breeding waders that have summered here are joined by wintering birds and passage waders can appear at just about any site.   It is also a month that sees vagrant birds appear, with westerly airflow bringing birds across the Atlantic and the annual appearance of Pectoral, Buff-breasted and White-rumped Sandpipers, or easterly winds bringing birds from Siberia.  This month could see an extreme vagrant such as a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper appear.  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.