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Binoculars and a computer with Internet access. The project website also provides a list of gear based on the nature of the fieldwork: http://www.bto.org/webs/resources/healthandsafety.pdf.
Wetland Bird Survey
Wetland Bird Survey needs volunteer birdwatchers to monitor non-breeding waterbirds in the United Kingdom. The principal aims of the project are to measure population sizes, determine trends in numbers and distribution, and to identify important sites for waterbirds.
Counts are made annually at around 2,000 wetland sites, mostly estuaries and large still waters. Volunteers make monthly coordinated counts. The principal months of data collection are from September to March, though observations are increasingly submitted from the summer months.
Volunteers use the so-called "look-see" methodology, whereby the observer, familiar with the species involved, surveys the whole of a predefined area. Data are widely used for a variety of purposes and can be accessed via the British Trust for Ornithology website.
Wetland Bird Survey is dependent on the enthusiasm and dedication of the several thousand volunteer counters throughout the United Kingdom. New counters are always needed to cover new sites, particularly habitats such as rivers which are monitored less comprehensively, as well as to replace counters who retire.