The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)
Welcome to the WeBS homepage! The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) is the scheme which monitors non-breeding waterbirds in the UK. The principal aims of WeBS are to identify population sizes, determine trends in numbers and distribution and to identify important sites for waterbirds. If you have any problems, please contact us
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This month's WeBS Core Count date: 23rd June 2013
Duckling and diving... Mid June probably represents the quietest period of the year at many wetlands. Yet, with broods of waterfowl likely to be a conspicuous feature, now is a good time to prove breeding activity by scarce breeding species, such as Pochard, Shoveler and Gadwall. Many of the larger estuaries will support aggregations of non-breeding waders, and by as early as June some of these birds will even be returning adults that have attempted to breed at a more northern latitude. The late-Spring lull will no doubt produce one or two rarities too, thereby giving a final boost to the 2012/13 species list. Keep your radar set to rare terns, with White-winged Black probably providing the most likely chance of shattering the peace....
Stay safe and enjoy your WeBS Count