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. 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.

Knot Image by Allan Drewitt

Next WeBS Core Count date: 11 November 2018

The first cold snaps of the winter, especially in the north may see the first influxes of many species to more southern areas as numbers of geese and other wildfowl in particular begin to build.  Wader numbers will build and this month is an excellent opportunity to see the vast flocks of Knot at traditional roost sites such as Snettisham in Norfolk and Hoylake on the Wirral. Stay safe and enjoy your WeBS Count!
Cover of WeBS report

Waterbirds in the UK 2016/17

The latest WeBS report, Waterbirds in the UK 2016/17 has been published. Read the report at http://www.bto.org/wituk and explore all the data and trends - including brand new facilities to explore waterbird totals for all WeBS sites and display up to four low tide maps at once - at http://www.bto.org/webs-reporting

Cake and WeBS team and counters celebrating 70 years

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. 

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