Become a WeBS Local Organiser

There are currently over 3,000 WeBS counters and these are marshalled by around 160 volunteer Local Organisers (LOs) who each have responsibility for a region. Regions can be either counties (or similar) or large complex sites - see map below. Areas around the UK that are currently in need of a new volunteer WeBS Local Organiser are detailed below. 

What do WeBS Local Organisers do?

Given the level of variation in the size and nature of LO regions, the role of a WeBS LO is similarly varied, with no two LOs having exactly the same job.  However, we do ask each of our Local Organisers to:

  • try to maintain, and where possible enhance, coverage of waterbodies within their region;
  • encourage counters to return their counts on time;
  • check counts in their region for possible errors;
  • be the first port of call for their counters who have a query about WeBS;
  • publicise WeBS in their local area as opportunities allow (e.g. asking for volunteers at bird club meetings, in local newsletters, etc).

For regions where coastal counts take place, we also ask our LOs to check the local high tide times and dates and set an alternative Core Count date if the pre-set date is unsuitable.

For more details about what is expected of our Local Organisers, you can download a copy of the

What skills and experience do WeBS Local Organisers need?

  • Good local knowledge
  • Organised
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for the Scheme
  • Word Processing and e-mail skills
  • Elementary computer skills are useful, as WeBS data and counters are primarily managed through WeBS Online in most regions
  • Some involvement with local bird clubs would be advantageous but not essential

Local Organisers are provided with a comprehensive reference handbook explaining the role and offline and online procedures, are supported by the WeBS Counter Network Organiser, and are also encouraged to support each other through the Local Organiser forum.

Current Vacancies

Southern England

Buckinghamshire - South

An organiser is needed for south Buckinghamshire sites. Many sites are covered and vacant sectors include smaller sites which may be suitable for less experienced surveyors. We are looking for an organiser who can support existing counters and encourage new counters. 

Link to Buckinghamshire - South map of sites 

Number of vacant count sectors: 16

Total number of defined count sectors: 31

Cotswold Water Park - Wiltshire/ Gloucestershire

An organiser is needed for Cotswold Water Park in Wiltshire/ Gloucestershire. This is a large and sensitive region, so the organiser needs to be cooperative and diplomatic in order to work with and coordinate between several different landowners, as well as counters. There are a large number of sites, many of which are high priority, so we are looking for someone who is organised and approachable.

Link to Cotswold Water Park map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 93

Total number of defined count sectors: 208

Greater London (excl. Thames Estuary)

An organiser is needed for the Greater London region, which doesn't include the Thames Estuary. Many sites are covered so we are looking for an organiser who can support existing counters and identify new sites and encourage new counters. 

Link to Greater London (excl. Thames Estuary) map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 49

Total number of defined count sectors: 109

Kent –  West

An organiser or organisers are needed for Kent (excluding the north Kent estuaries, Sandwich and Dungeness which are organised separately). Vacant sectors include river stretches, ponds and small lakes which may be suitable for less experienced surveyors, so organisers who can reach and encourage new counters to get involved and assist with obtaining access from private landowners would be ideal.

Link to West Kent map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 28

Total number of defined count sectors: 34

Midlands

Northamptonshire (excl. Nene Valley)

An organiser is needed for Northampsontshire (excluding the Nene Valley). Habitats include rivers, reservoirs and lakes and over half of the sites are vacant, meaning we require an enthusiastic Local Organiser who can recruit new volunteers in the region as well as support existing counters. 

Link to Northamptonshire (excl. Nene Valley) map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 18

Total number of defined count sectors: 50

West Midlands

An organiser is needed for the West Midlands sites which focus around Birmingham, Coventry and the surrounding areas. The majority of the sites are urban, covering park lakes, quarries and sections of rivers and canals. Approx.  half the sites are covered so we are looking for an organiser who can support existing counters and encourage new counters. 

Link to West Midlands Map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 29

Total number of defined count sectors: 54

Northern England

Huddersfield/Halifax area (Yorkshire)

An organiser is needed for the Huddersfield/Halifax area. Although this region does not contain any major WeBS sites, it would be helpful to further improve coverage in the area even if remote sites are not counted every month, so we are looking for an organiser who can publicise these sites and support new and existing counters.

Link to the Huddersfield/Halifax map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 34

Total number of defined count sectors: 78

Scotland

Aberdeenshire

The Aberdeenshire WeBS region is large and covers a range of habitats including rivers, lochs, estuaries bays so we are looking for an experienced birder who can coordinate counts in the region, support existing counters, identify new sites to be set up and encourage new counters. 

Link to Aberdeenshire map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 54

Total number of defined count sectors: 103

Badenoch and Strathspey

The Badenoch and Strathspey region includes a small number of inland lochs. There is a high number of vacant sites in the region, so an organiser is needed who can recruit new counters, as well as oversee counts at these sites (note there may be scope to define new riverine and inland sites).

Link to Badenoch and Strathspey map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 22

Total number of defined count sectors: 33

Forth Estuary – North

An organiser is needed for Forth Estuary –North, which covers from Inverkeithing to Kingsbarns in Fife. High priority sites are located in this region, for which core count visits between counters will need to be coordinated with high tide times. Cooperation is also required between the other Local Organisers who coordinate the rest of the Forth Estuary.

Link to Forth Estuary - North map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 16

Total number of defined count sectors: 29

Isle of Cumbrae

The small Scottish island, Isle of Cumbrae, is in need of a Local Organiser who can support the existing counters and also increase WeBS activity in the region. This can be done by recruiting new volunteers and increasing the number and variety of sites on the island, as currently all the sites cover coastal habitats, so there is potential for inland sites to be set up.

Link to Isle of Cumbrae map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 5

Total number of defined count sectors: 7

Sutherland (excl. Moray Basin)

An organiser is needed for Sutherland (excluding Moray Basin which is organised separately). There are count sectors that are marked as vacant as they don’t have a monthly counter, but are currently covered once a winter by expeditions arranged by the RAF Ornithological Society. We are looking for an organiser who can further improve coverage in the area, ideally by obtaining monthly coverage for some more of the defined sites, and who can support local and visiting counters.

Link to Sutherland map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 167

Total number of defined count sectors:  179

Wales

Clwyd (coastal)

An organiser is needed for the Clwyd (coastal) region, where sites consist exclusively of coastal habitats. A Local Organiser with knowledge of the area would be ideal and who can support existing counters and advertise the vacant sectors for new volunteers to take on

Link to Clwyd (coastal) map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 7

Number of vacant count sectors: 16

Clwyd (inland)

An organiser is needed for Clwyd (inland). Vacant sites include park lakes, ponds and reservoirs which may be suitable for less experienced surveyors. We are looking for an organiser who can support existing counters and encourage new counters.

Link to Clwyd (inland) map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 20

Total number of defined count sectors: 29

Montgomeryshire

A Local Organiser is needed for Montgomeryshire which is a large ranging region covering habitats such as canals, rivers and pools. There is potential to increase the number of counters as well as the number of sectors so we are looking for an organiser that can support existing counters and increase WeBS coverage in the region. 

Link to Montgomeryshire map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 24

Total number of defined count sectors: 53

Channel Islands

Jersey (inland)

There are currently 16 sites on Jersey (not including coastal sites with are covered by the Jersey (coastal) region), with potential for many more to be set up, but there are currently no counters in the area submitting data. Therefore, Jersey (inland) is in need of an enthusiastic Local Organiser who is committed to kick-start WeBS counting in the region once again! 

Link to Jersey (inland) map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 13

Total number of defined count sectors: 13

The next step...

If you'd like to apply to become a Volunteer WeBS Local Organiser please contact the WeBS Office, webs [at] bto.org, with your name and address plus a few details about yourself and your experience. As some of the regions listed above include many sites, we would be prepared to split a region in certain circumstances - please mention this when you contact us.

Map of WeBS Local Organiser Regions



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