Who's Who in WeBS

There are a few key members of the WeBS team who spend at least part of their working day beavering away behind the scenes. Here is a little bit about us (more serious information is available by clicking on our names). If you manage to identify us in the field, then please come up and say hello. 

If you need to contact us please use webs [at] bto.org or for a specific person, use the format of firstname.surname@bto.org (eg heidi.mellan@bto.org)

Teresa Frost
Teresa joined the WeBS team in November 2015. She first worked with WeBS data back in 2005-09, as a statistics research student looking at WeBS
wildfowl data analysis. From 2008 to 2015 she worked in Local Environmental Records Centres in Kent and Cumbria, managing habitat and sites datasets and species records of all taxa, increasing effective biodiversity data use and
encouraging more people to get in to wildlife recording and monitoring. She is a self-styled "data naturalist" and is a fan of maps, graphs, insects - and birds, of course.

As WeBS National Organiser, Teresa is responsible for overall project management of WeBS and delivery of reports and other outputs. She also works on an associated WeBS research strategy, works closely with the WeBS Partner
organisations, and endeavours to develop strategic partnerships for the benefit of waterbird monitoring in the wider flyway.
 
Neil Calbrade
After several years walking round East Anglian fields as a BTO fieldworker, Neil took over as the Low Tide Counts Organiser. Prior to this Neil worked contracts for the RSPB watching enigmatic Bitterns and Stone Curlews before moving to the Nunnery.  For all things low tide and also data requests, Neil is the person to speak to.
Originally from Manchester, despite living in possibly the best birding county in England, Neil still longs for the hills and his old local patch Piethorne Valley…
 
Heidi Mellan
For any information about WeBS Online, getting in contact with your WeBS Local Organiser, site allocation or to make any comments, Heidi is the person to contact in the first instance.
Heidi has been with the BTO since 1998.  In 2000 she moved into the Wetland and Coastal Unit as the team secretary.  When the running of the WeBS scheme moved to the BTO in 2004, she was involved right from the start providing secretarial support to the WeBS team.  In 2009 Heidi took on the role of WeBS Counter Network Organiser and became more involved with WeBS Online processes.
Other than having a bird table Heidi admits to not being much of a birder, more of a wildlife enthusiast.
 
Graham Austin
Graham provides the analytical brains behind the whole operation, ensuring all the databases and programs run smoothly.  He also is responsible for the production of the WeBS Alerts Report and generating the species population trends for the annual report. A mind of statistical knowledge, what Graham doesn't know about "Goose Trumps", isn't worth knowing. 
Dawn Balmer
Dawn Balmer
Dawn is Head of Surveys, which includes WeBS, BBS, WBBS and the Heronries Census. She has worked for the BTO since 1992 on a wide range of census, fieldwork and ringing projects and was the Migration Watch and BirdTrack Organiser from 2002-2006. She was the Atlas Coordinator for the Bird Atlas 2007-11 project, which resulted in the publication of the book in November 2013. She is the BTO representative on the Rare Breeding Birds Panel.

Dawn is a keen birder and ringer and has special interests in migration and gull identification.  In her spare time, she is on the Editorial Board of
British Birds, a Trustee of the Eric Hosking Charitable Trust and writes regularly for British Wildlife.
 
Andy Musgrove
Andy is Associate Director - Monitoring at BTO, overseeing the Surveys and Demography teams. Andy ran WeBS for many years and sits on the WeBS Steering Group with Dawn, Teresa and representatives from the other WeBS partners.

Most of Andy's birding has been in Yorkshire, Avon, Cornwall and Norfolk, though he has also recorded birds in 40 countries abroad..