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Wetland Bird Survey

Main Project Information
Goal
Task
Where United Kingdom
Description

The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) needs volunteer birdwatchers to monitor non-breeding waterbirds in the United Kingdom. The principal aims of the project are to measure population sizes, determine trends in numbers and distribution, and to identify important sites for waterbirds.

Counts are made at around 2,000 wetland sites, of all habitat types. Volunteers make monthly coordinated counts. The principal months of data collection are from September to March, though observations are increasingly submitting data throughout the year.

Volunteers use the so-called "look-see" methodology, whereby the observer, familiar with the species involved, surveys the whole of a predefined area. Data are widely used for a variety of purposes and are presented in the annual WeBS Report.

The Wetland Bird Survey is dependent upon the enthusiasm and dedication of the several thousand volunteer counters throughout the UK. New counters are always needed to cover new sites, particularly habitats such as rivers which are monitored less comprehensively, as well as to replace counters who retire.

How to Join

For more information about volunteering, contact the project coordinator at:

WeBS Office, BTO
The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, England IP24 2PU
Tel: 01842 750050
E-mail: webs@bto.org

Website http://www.bto.org/webs/index.htm
Required Gear

Binoculars and a computer with Internet access.

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, In snow or rain, At the beach, On a walk, run
Project Updated 04/21/2017