The UK’s inland and coastal wetlands support internationally important populations of non-breeding waterbirds, originating from breeding grounds in this country to the high Arctic. Through the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) and Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (NEWS), we monitor these populations, providing data that inform site protection, international obligations and research on the drivers of population change. This has encompassed studies of climate change and renewable energy schemes, habitat change, disturbance and the effect of introduced non-native species.
WeBS Report now offers individual country trends
The latest BTO/RSPB/JNCC Wetland Bird Survey report has been published, including data from September 1966 up to June 2019.
BTO and COVID-19
The BTO view on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED- 24.3.2020).
Import data from BirdTrack to WeBS
WeBS Online has launched a new feature to import data from BirdTrack, so that volunteers can, if they wish, record data in the BirdTrack apps and then import the relevant list from BirdTrack...
Analysis of Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) Data for The Humber Estuary SSSI, SAC, SPA and Ramsar site: Third appraisal - sector-level trends to winter 2016/17
Public preferences for multiple dimensions of bird biodiversity at the coast: insights for the cultural ecosystem services framework
Invasion of freshwater ecosystems is promoted by network connectivity to hotspots of human activity
Functional connectivity network between terrestrial and aquatic habitats by a generalist waterbird, and implications for biovectoring
Operation Wader Appeal
Urgent action is needed to tackle the decline of breeding wader populations in the UK.
UK wetlands get a health check
The Wetland Bird Survey Alerts, published today, assesses change for 471 site-species populations on 82 SPA’s. Found out how our protected wetland sites are faring.
Gill is responsible for supporting and coordinating the network of volunteer counters who carry out the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) across the UK, acting as the main point of contact in the WeBS team.
WeBS Core Counts is a year-round survey of waterbirds on a range of wetland habitats in the UK, with over 3,000 volunteers counting over 5,000 count areas. Gill works closely with the WeBS National Organiser, the WeBS Officer and the Information Systems Team to ensure the efficient and effective running of the Wetland Bird Survey, especially by supporting new and existing volunteers.
New look WeBS Online
The data entry system for the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS), WeBS Online, has been updated. The functionalities remain largely the same, with some improvements of course! Guidance is available on the...
Quantifying nutrient inputs by gulls to a fluctuating lake, aided by movement ecology methods
Stories of rampaging 'seagulls' dominate column inches in the holiday season. Our BTO gull experts take a look at the facts behind the headlines.
<p>First formal estimate of the world population of the Critically Endangered spoon-billed sandpiper Calidris pygmaea</p>
Waders wane while geese gain
A major new study led by BTO, working with the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) partners, JNCC, RSPB and in association with WWT, provides detailed information on the importance of Great Britain for...
Habitat- and species-mediated short- and long-term distributional changes in waterbird abundance linked to variation in European winter weather.
A tale of two plovers
BTO research sheds light on the differing fortunes of two small UK-breeding waders.
Make your wetland birding count with WeBS
WeBS surveyors monitor the UK's internationally important non-breeding waterbirds. Following a tradition begun in 1947, wetland sites are counted once per month, providing data for population and...
Assessing habitat use of Herring Gulls in the Morecambe Bay SPA using GPS tracking devices
Number of coastal Herring Gull populations have reduced markedly in recent years. The breeding gull colony of the South Walney and Piel Channel Flats Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI),...
Keep an eye on Herons and egrets with the Heronries Census
Contribute to the annual survey of all Grey Herons, Little Egrets, Cormorants and scarcer herons nesting in the UK.
Results of the third Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey, including Population Estimates for Key Waterbird Species
During December, January and February of the winter of 2015/16 the BTO organised the third Non-estuarine Waterbird Survey (NEWS III), the fourth in a series of coordinated winter surveys of the...
Waders in decline in Strathallan, Scotland
The breeding populations of many different wader species are in decline across the globe, and there is an urgent need for information on how such changes in land management, particularly within...
Ros works as a Research Ecologist supporting the fieldwork, analysis and reporting work on the Wetland & Marine Research Team.
Katharine works as a Research Ecologist analysing quantitative data from a range of projects from Wales and the rest of the UK with a focus on wetland and marine species.
Rachel acts as scientific liaison and research lead for Wales. Environmental law and the main drivers of ecological change differ between the Principality and England, and her job is to ensure that Welsh research priorities are reflected in BTO’s portfolio; that Welsh projects are developed and can be managed locally; and that Welsh policy and environmental audiences maintain a good understanding and appreciation of the BTO’s research activity.