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: