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.
Next WeBS Core Count date: 20 January 2019
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!
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
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.