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. These pages contain information on how to get involved in the survey, the methodology, and how to access data and publications and results. If you have any problems, please contact us.
WeBS goes platinum!
National waterbird monitoring in the UK began 70 years ago with National Wildfowl Counts in 1947. In the 2017/18 recording year, WeBS is celebrating that long tradition of counting waterbirds which continues today with the thousands of WeBS counters who contribute waterbird counts to the scheme each month.
The WeBS team, partners and conference attendees at Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire on 30th September 2017 celebrated WeBS and what we have learned from it and predecessor schemes about our waterbirds over the decades.
See the latest issue of the WeBS Newsletter for an overview of the day.
Next WeBS Core Count date: 21 January 2018
January traditionally sees waterbird numbers peak, not just in the UK but across Europe, and WeBS counts from this month feed into the International Waterbirds Census (IWC). Periods of cold weather may cause local movements if waterbodies freeze and plummeting temperatures on the continent may also trigger arrivals of Smew, White-fronted Geese and other wildfowl. Stay safe and enjoy your WeBS Count!
WeBS report: Waterbirds in the UK 2015/16
The 35th BTO/JNCC/RSPB WeBS annual report Waterbirds in the UK 2015/16 provides an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in waterbirds in the UK and beyond. The latest report features the results of the 2015/16 Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (NEWS III) as well as the latest trends and data from WeBS. Search the WeBS Report Online interface to find the latest information on status of the UK’s waterbirds and the wetlands and coastal areas used by them. View the latest report providing a summary of the results and other waterbird related stories below or as a PDF with previous reports here.