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Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)
The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) is the monitoring scheme for non-breeding waterbirds in the UK, which aims to provide the principal data for the conservation of their populations and wetland habitats.

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Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)

About this project

Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)

Lying on some of the major flyways for Arctic-nesting species of waterbirds, the UK are of great importance for waterbirds. They are attracted in large numbers, especially during winter, by the relatively mild climate and extensive areas of wetland, notably estuaries.

Continuing a tradition begun in 1947, around 3,000 volunteer counters participate in synchronised monthly counts at wetlands of all habitat types, mainly during the winter period. The data collected through this project are used to assess the size of waterbird populations, determine trends in numbers and distribution, and assess the importance of individual sites for waterbirds, in line with the requirements of international conservation Conventions and Directives.

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Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)

How can you contribute?

 
Counters are the lifeblood of WeBS.  Without the dedication of the volunteers who go out in all weathers to monitor the UK's waterbirds, WeBS just wouldn't be able to function. The survey involves visiting a local wetland site once a month throughout the winter and count the waterfowl there.  The main period we ask our counters to concentrate on is September through to March.

Anyone can take part, even beginners to birdwatching. WeBS runs a number of 1-day and weekend training courses, centered on teaching bird survey techniques.

To register for WeBS, contact your Local Organiser or the WeBS Office.

Contact

Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)
British Trust for Ornithology, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Joint Nature Conservation Committee, in association with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
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