• Please be aware that avian influenza has been confirmed in the Western Isles. Great Skua and Gannet are the worst affected currently but a range of other bird species can be infected. Please avoid contact with dead birds, give sick and dying birds space, keep dogs on leads and report all instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).

  • When here in the Outer Hebrides and looking at a bird, have you ever wondered how rare it is? The status of all species can vary enormously from island to island. How rare is Shoveler on Barra, has Stock Dove been seen on Harris, does Dotterel occur on Benbecula in the autumn, and how common is Blue Tit on North Uist? Well, fret no longer! The Status and Distribution of birds here on the Outer Hebrides has been completely updated and summarised for every species and each of the main islands and outliers. Available as an online resource at https://status.outerhebrides-birdreports.org/ or via our shop

    New - now available as an ebook

Surveys WeBS dates 2021


We are very lucky in the Uists to have almost a full complement of monthly WeBS counters, we are also doing pretty well in Lewis and Harris just now too with an influx of new counters last year. If you are interested please email the WeBS local organiser Yvonne Benting at uistbto@gmail.com

For more information about WeBS please see the BTO website: www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/webs

Dates for 2021 WeBS counts are:-

17th January
14th February
14th March
11th April
23rd May
13th June
25th July
22nd August
12th September
10th October
7th Novembe9th December

Thank you to all of the regular counters, your commitment is very much appreciated.