Select a site and sign-up/log-in to the Waterway Survey

View sites on the map below and click to select a site you would like to survey. This will then take you to the sign-up/log-in page. Alternatively, you can sign up/log in without selecting a site by clicking the button above the map.

  • Search on your postcode or zoom in on the map to view available sites near you. Each red, orange or grey dot on the map indicates a separate Waterway Survey site. A string of smaller dots indicates a mapped survey route.
  • Sites indicated by red or orange dots are available for selection. You will need to walk a roughly 1km route along the waterway which includes the dot somewhere within the route (the dot can be anywhere along the route; accessibility and your safety are the key criteria for determining where to position your 1km route).
  • For repeat sites the route will usually already have been mapped out by the previous volunteer; for previously unsurveyed sites you will need to map out a route following instructions in your survey pack.
  • Zoom in around the dot (or route if already mapped) to assess whether it looks like a site that is safe and accessible for you to walk around at night.
  • Zoom out more widely to assess whether it is a site you can easily get to and get back home from late at night. At the earliest your survey finish time is likely to be between 10:30 and 11pm but will be later the further north you live (may be close to or after midnight in Scotland).

Site Availability

Previously surveyed sites
Available to select
These usually have a survey route mapped out by a previous volunteer
Previously unsurveyed sites
Available to select
A survey route will need to be mapped out using instructions provided
Sites that have already been selected
In Ireland this survey is run by Bat Conservation Ireland as the All-Ireland Waterway Survey – sign up here.