Swale Wader Group


Over 40,000 birds were counted on the Swale on the midwinter WeBS count on January 21st by our team of 15 observers. Wigeon were by far the most numerous species with more than 15,000 birds.

Other species included Dark-bellied Brent Geese 2539, Dunlin 2980, Knot 2162, Oystercatcher 1873, Shelduck 1826, Mallard 1602, Teal 1527, Black-tailed Godwit 1448,and Lapwing 1228. The counts of the waders were lower than December and some species may have moved away because of the cold weather.

The January WeBS counts contribute to International Waterbird Monitoring of the Afro-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership. This January the Swale supported internationally important numbers of Brent Geese and Black-tailed Godwit and nationally important numbers of White-fronted Geese, Avocet and Bar-tailed Godwit