Wednesday, 5 September 2012

WEBS Training Day!

Dear all

WeBS Methodology Training Day
Thursday 13th September 2012  (09.30 – 14.00)
WWT Castle Espie

Time is short and booking is essential!!

The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) is the monitoring scheme for non-breeding waterbirds in the UK.  It provides the principal data for the conservation of waterbird populations and wetland habitats. The data collected are used to assess the size of waterbird populations, assess trends in numbers and distribution and identify and monitor important sites for waterbirds.

We need more volunteers to help count waterbirds at a number of sites in Northern Ireland.  This training day will be split into an indoor session starting with an introduction to WeBS, why and how we monitor waterbirds, and how to get involved.  We will look at issues relating to identification, and to counting large numbers of birds. Data submission methods and how the data is used and published are also covered.  There will then be an outdoor session when we can put into practice the methodology, talk about identification problems, and practice estimating and counting.  Training is delivered in a relaxed and informal way, and is designed to be enjoyable.

There is no charge for the training or venue.  Tea, coffee and lunch are available at the WWT Castle Espie Centre café – but you will need to buy your own.  You will need to bring clothing suitable for the weather as well as your own optical equipment.

If you are interested in helping with WeBS counts and would like to attend this training day, please respond to this email.  If you know of anyone else who might be interested please feel free to pass the details on to them.



Shane Wolsey
BTO Ireland
25 Ballyholme Esplanade
Co Down  BT20 5LZ

Mob:  07831 697371