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.
This month's WeBS Core Count date: 6 February 2015
The UK's wetlands are heaving with a wealth of winter visitors. Major estuaries support large numbers of waders, while wildfowl will be building to a peak at important inland wetlands such as Ouse Washes, the Somerset Levels and the major reserviors. So far this winter has been generally rather mild, but a prolonged period of frozen conditions on the continent may force waterbirds westwards. These will includes ducks such as Smew... recent weeks have seen publication of a collaborative paper on the changing distribution of Smew in Europe in relation to the Special Protection Areas and changing climate.
Stay safe and enjoy your WeBS Count!
WeBS report: Waterbirds in the UK 2012/13
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.
WeBS helps 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. A full report will be published in due course.