- Can you identify the UK’s commonest waterbirds?
- Do you have half a Sunday free, once a month, between September and March?
- Do you want to add value to your birding?
If you can answer ‘Yes’ to all three of those questions, then the BTO’s Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) could be just the thing you’re looking for. WeBS is the survey which monitors non-breeding waterbirds in the UK, aiming to identify population sizes and determine trends in numbers and distribution of waterbirds.
We need more volunteers to join our local WeBS team to help count wetland birds in East Glamorgan. If you’re interested but not lucky enough to live in East Glamorgan (!), please visit https://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/webs/taking-part
Wherever you live, the good news is that the survey is as easy as 1,2,3 . . .
- Turn up once a month on a specified date to your allotted wetland site
- Count the waterbirds you see there
- Submit your records to the BTO – either online or on paper forms
You can find out more about the survey by visiting the East Glamorgan WeBS page which includes more information about our local wetland sites which currently need a volunteer counter. If you find one that you’re interested in, or you know of a wetland site you’d like to cover which isn’t on the list, please get in touch.
We’re looking in particular for somebody to count Talygarn Lake. At the risk of sounding like an estate agent, it is a very desirable WeBS site which has recently become available and which I’d recommend as an attractive proposition for any ‘first-time surveyor’. It is conveniently situated south of the M4 near Brynsadler. It is a large, shallow, man-made fish pond constructed I’d say around the late 19th/early 20th century. It’s an attractive location, surrounded by some lovely woodland, it also fringed with some reed.
Talygarn Lake attracts a nice variety of waterbirds such as Gadwall, Teal, Tufted Duck and Mallard as well as Little Grebe, Water Rail and Kingfisher. To add value to your visit the surrounding woodland is home to a nice variety of species, including Marsh Tit.
If you’re interested in taking on Talygarn (or any other site) for WeBS or , to continue the estate agent analogy, you’d like me to accompany you for a ‘viewing’ first, please contact me for a no-obligation chat.
East Glamorgan WeBS Local Organiser