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. 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 email group.

Current Vacancies

map of WeBS local organiser vacancies

Southern England

Buckinghamshire - South

An organiser is needed for south Buckinghamshire. Only three sectors in this region are currently covered, so an organiser who can publicise the survey, reach and encourage new counters to get involved and assist with obtaining access from private landowners would be ideal.

Link to Buckinghamshire – South map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 21

Total number of defined count sectors: 24

Essex (Other Sites)

An organiser is needed for inland Essex sites and the Colne estuary (Lee Valley, Blackwater, Crouch/Roach Hamford Water and Foulness are organised separately). Many sites are covered but vacant sectors include river stretches, ponds and small lakes which may be suitable for less experienced surveyors, and there are also counters required at more challenging sites. We are looking for an organiser who can encourage greater participation in WeBS in the area and who can support new and existing counters.

Link to Essex map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 55

Total number of defined count sectors: 101

Greater London (excl. Thames Estuary)

An organiser is needed for Greater London (Lee Valley and Thames Estuary are organised separately). Most sites are covered but vacant sectors include park lakes 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 Greater London map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 27

Total number of defined count sectors: 77

Kent – East and 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 East Kent map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 50

Total number of defined count sectors: 72

Link to West Kent map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 28

Total number of defined count sectors: 34

Northern England

Derbyshire

An organiser or organisers are needed for Derbyshire. There are a large number of vacant sectors and several priority sites that need covering, so we are looking for an individual or team who can work on promotion, training and recruiting new volunteer WeBS counters across the county.

Link to Derbyshire map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 93

Total number of defined count sectors: 137

Durham

An organiser or organisers are needed for county Durham. Vacant sectors include ponds and pools which may be suitable for less experienced surveyors as well as coastal stretches, so we are looking for an organiser who can publicise these and support new and existing counters.

Link to Durham map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 33

Total number of defined count sectors: 77

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

Angus (excl. Montrose Basin)

An organiser is needed for Angus (excluding Montrose Basin which is organised separately). We are looking for an organiser who can support existing counters and improve coverage of the vacant lochs, perhaps on an occasional basis for remote sites.

Link to Angus map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 12

Total number of defined count sectors:  31

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

West Inverness/Wester Ross

An organiser is needed for West Inverness/Wester Ross. Only a small proportion of sites are counted in this area. Some sites in the northern part of the area are currently covered once a winter by expeditions arranged by the RAF Ornithological Society. We are looking for an organiser who can improve coverage in the area, ideally by recruiting local counters who can count monthly but also to organise occasional counting of remote sites, and who can support local and visiting counters.

Link to West Inverness/Wester Ross map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 138

Total number of defined count sectors:  260

Northern Ireland

Down (other sites)

An organiser/counter is needed for county Down (excluding Strangford Lough, South Down Coast, Outer Ards, Dundrum Bay, Belfast Lough and Carlingford Lough which are organised separately). Vacant sectors include river stretches, ponds and small lakes which may be suitable for less experienced surveyors, so an organiser who can target and encourage new counters to get involved, with the assistance of the BTO Northern Ireland team would be ideal.

Link to Down map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 98

Total number of defined count sectors:  115

Fermanagh

An organiser is needed for Fermanagh. This area includes high priority complex WeBS sites Upper and Lower Lough Erne and a small number of other sites. An organiser is needed who can work with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency to coordinate staff and volunteers to maintain and improve coverage.

Link to Fermanagh map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 6

Total number of defined count sectors:  189

Londonderry (other sites)

An organiser is needed for county Londonderry/Derry (excluding Bann Estuary and Lough Foyle which are organised separately). This area includes a small number of inland sites. An organiser is needed who can oversee counts at these sites and recruit new counters (note there may be scope to define new riverine and inland sites).

Link to Londonderry map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 5

Total number of defined count sectors: 9

Tyrone (excl. Loughs Neagh and Beg)

An organiser is needed for Tyrone (excluding Lough Neagh and Lough Beg which are organised separately). Vacant sectors include many loughs with small numbers of birds recorded at them 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 Tyrone map of sites

Number of vacant count sectors: 94

Total number of defined count sectors: 103

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 cover a large area, we would be prepared to split a region in certain circumstances - please mention this when you contact us.