Low Tide Counts Methods
The scheme provides information on the numbers of waterbirds feeding on subdivisions of the intertidal habitat within estuaries. Given the extra work that Low Tide Counts entail, often to the same counters that carry out the Core Counts, WeBS aims to cover most individual estuaries about once every six years, although on some sites more frequent counts are made.
Although data collection for all waterbird species is encouraged, as with Core Counts, recording of gulls and terns is optional at the discretion of the individual counter, as they are not priority species for the survey.
Alternatively counters can be provided with pre-prepared