The British Trust for Ornithology's Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) monitors ducks, geese, swans, Cormorants, herons, crakes and rails, waders and Kingfishers in Chichester Harbour. We coordinate monthly surveys which are carried out by a group of dedicated surveyors.

The most important months for surveys are between September and March as this is when tens of thousands of migratory water birds arrive in Chichester Harbour to feed over the winter period. These surveys provide vital information that can be used to estimate population sizes and any changes to the quality of feeding areas within the Harbour. Volunteers are vital to the protection of these birds.

We are looking for volunteers to help with surveys throughout the winter period. To learn more about what is involved, please visit the British Trust for Ornithology website and then contact our Ecologist, Peter Hughes.