What we're looking for
We urgently want wetland bird counters to survey waders and waterfowl using the inter-tidal mudflats of the Humber Estuary. The whole estuary is counted one Sunday a month by a large team of dedicated volunteers as part of the national Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS). Set up in 1947 the WeBS scheme covers 2000 of the most important sites for non-breeding waterfowl in the UK. This information is invaluable to identifying long-term population trends. The Humber Estuary is subject to huge development pressure, especially on the south Humber bank. The RSPB is concerned about the impact of this development on the birds of the Estuary. WeBS data is often referenced as key information in determining potential impacts, however there are some gaps in WeBS coverage, which mean that it is not up to date for the whole area. The RSPB and BTO are seeking help fill these gaps.