WeBS Counts

The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)

This is the BTO scheme which monitors non-breeding waterbirds in the UK. The principal aims of WeBS are to identify population sizes, determine trends in numbers and distribution and to identify important sites for waterbirds. The monthly counts concentrate on the months September – March but some sites are counted all through the year.
Mainland Argyll counts are currently carried out by: Jan Brown/Julia Randall (Loch Craignish), Tom Callan (Kilfinan Bay), Robert Devine (Loch Long: Ardentinny-Strone Point), Jim Dickson (Loch Crinan), Mike Harrison (Loch Etive), Robin Harvey (Dunstaffnage Bay, Loch Creran), David Jardine (Loch Ederline, Loch Gilp, Loch Leathan), Barbara McMillan (West Loch Tarbert), Ian McPherson (Loch Tulla), George Newall (Holy Loch) and Katie Pendreigh (Sound of Gigha).
We are always keen to recruit new counters and are looking for coverage of several sites on Mull, Campbeltown Loch and Loch Feochan (nr. Oban) in particular, although we can usually find a site near you. If you think you might be interested please contact Jim Dickson: 01546 603 967

Paul Daw has now retired from collating the WeBS data for the Argyll mainland and Mull. Many thanks indeed to Paul for this work over the years and best wishes.
Should anyone be interested in collating the monthly WeBS count sites information for this page please contact Jim Dickson who will provide support with this.

We are happy to say the Islay counts are now being posted promptly on the BTO WeBS Count website and have been included in the table from February 2016.
For details of birds found during recent Argyll counts click on the links below:

Mar 2017 WeBS counts

Feb 2017 WeBS counts

Jan 2017 WeBS counts

Dec 2016 WeBS counts

Nov 2016 WeBS counts

Oct 2016 WeBS counts

Sep 2016 WeBS counts

Aug 2016 WeBS counts

Jul 2016 WeBS counts

June 2016 WeBS counts

May 2016 WeBS counts

Apr 2016 WeBS counts

Mar 2016 WeBS counts 03.04

Feb 2016 WeBS counts 09.03

Jan 2016 WeBS counts 20.01

Dec 2015 WeBS counts 19.01.16

Nov 2015 WeBS counts 19.01.16

Oct 2015 WeBS counts 20.10

Sep 2015 WeBS counts 20.10

Aug 2015 WeBS counts 04.09

Jul 2015 WeBS counts 04.09

June 2015 WeBS counts 06.07

May 2015 WeBS counts 31.05

Apr 2015 WeBS counts 29.04

Mar 2015 WeBS counts 23.03

Feb 2015 WeBS counts 23.02

Jan 2015 WeBS counts 23.02

Dec 2014 WeBS counts 20.12

Nov 2014 WeBS counts 08.12

Oct 2014 WeBS counts 17.11

Sep 2014 WeBS counts 18.09

Aug 2014 WeBS counts 21.08

Jul 2014 WeBS counts 17.08

Jun 2014 WeBS counts 14.07

May 2014 WeBS counts 14.07

Apr 2014 WeBS counts 01.05

Mar 2014 WeBS counts 22.03

Feb 2014 WeBS counts 29.03

Jan 2014 WeBS counts 05.02

Dec 2013 WeBS counts 21.01.14

Nov 2013 mainland Argyll WeBS counts

Oct 2013 WeBS counts

Sep 2013 Argyll WeBS counts 2

Aug 2013 Argyll WeBS counts