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WeBS season 2012/13 gets underway

The 2012/13 WeBS season got underway on September 9th 2012 with 25 hardy volunteers hoping to count as many of the wetland bird species that use the harbour during the winter. WeBS stand’s for Wetland Birds Survey and is the 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. 

Poole Harbour is a nationally and internationally important site for various species such as Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Goldeneye, Brent Geese and Shelduck. 

Every year surveyors will monitor the harbour’s wetland bird species from September through to March in specially coordinated counts, and all the data that is collated from these surveys is then submitted to the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) for analysis.

Already we have see some interesting counts with the September 2012 counts lower than what we would maybe expect.

Species

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

March

2011/12

Max

Teal

23

2053

 2517

   3925

 2966

 2762

 

2938

BL T Godwit

1070

1128

 7

   60

 113

 124

 

1701

Avocet

99

1003

 1127

 1287

 1141

 1261

 

1561

Wigeon

62

1631

 1800

 2219

 3600

 1993

 

1425

Brent Goose

1

756

 692

 978

 1351

 1256

 

1928

Oystercatcher

447

753

 897

 1012

 1069

 743

 

909

Curlew

447

711

 839

 978

 928

 775

 

1014

Redshank

401

606

860

 819

 617

 610

 

824

Shelduck

23

367

389

 1247

 1728

 1520

 

1826

Mallard

91

352

187

 582

 419

 318

 

396

Dunlin

58

278

483

 1060

 2725

 1362

 

2319

Cormorant

418

254

 149

 134

 54

 67

 

347

Canada Goose

125

218

 170

 166

 131

 289

 

353

Lapwing

7

173

 213

 550

 429

 1093

 

2107

GC Grebe

37

152

 57

 30

 37

 41

 

240

RB Merganser

1

148

 73

 190

 132

 202

 

287

Little Egret

104

90

 37

 56

 32

 27

 

63

Pintail

4

86

 34

 237

 188

 150

 

164

Gadwall

41

73

 96

 183

 70

 179

 

130

Turnstone

64

70

 9

 52

 67

 32

 

33

Shoveler

9

58

 79

 120

 84

 168

 

156

Mute Swan

50

40

 73

 113

 91

 74

 

145

Tufted Duck

19

33

 9

 54

 83

 102

 

59

Grey Heron

10

28

 13

 33

 17

 13

 

34

Moorhen

0

27

 33

 33

 20

 34

 

42

BA T Godwit

9

22

 84

 101

 189

 205

 

69

Spotted Redshank

4

18

 8

 12

 5

 4

 

11

Ringed Plover

41

17

 0

 31

 36

 4

 

3

BN Grebe

0

17

 60

 29

 26

 3

 

36

Goldeneye

0

15

 12

 68

 48

 60

 

210

Greenshank

13

12

 2

 9

 0

 7

 

15

Hybrid Duck

0

12

 9

 10

 10

 10

 

12

Little Grebe

18

10

 14

 7

 17

 21

 

25

Grey Plover

1

9

 22

 129

 111

 72

 

241

Spoonbill

5

8

 12

 20

 16

 9

 

16

Snipe

0

8

 9

 126

 55

 25

 

24

Greylag Goose

1

5

 0

 2

 22

 26

 

34

Sanderling

1

3

 15

 39

 45

 42

 

26

Sandwich Tern

62

3

 1

0

 0

 0

 

15

Coot

62

2

 115

 111

 103

 119

 

53

Hybrid Goose

0

2

 1

 0

 0

 2

 

4

Shag

4

1

 1

 2

 3

 2

 

5

Common Scoter

0

1

 1

 0

 1

 0

 

9

Woodcock

0

1

 1

 0

 0

 0

 

6

Water Rail

0

0

4

4

3

1

 

 5

Great Northern Diver

0

0

1

2

2

1

 

 2

Eider

0

0

0

2

0

1

 

 2

Red-throated Diver

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 1

Whimbrel

5

0

0

0

0

1

 

Long-tailed Duck

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 1

Razorbill

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 2

Scaup

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 0

Green Sandpiper

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 2

Bittern

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 1

Lesser Whistling Duck

0

1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 

1

Ruddy Shelduck

1

1

 2

 0

 0

 0

 

0

 

 

 

 

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