Many counts were received in Dec, particularly from Texel, the mainland coast and the Delta area (sectors I-IV). Unfortunately, little is known from beached birds on Vlieland, Terschelling and Ameland for this month. Densities were rather low many stretches, with exceptions being 5.4/km on Walcheren, 6.0/km Bergen aan Zee, 5.4/km Hondsbossche, 7.2/km Hors, Texel, 11.3/km Cocksdorp, Texel, 6.0/km Schorren, Texel, 7.2/km Wadden Sea dike, Texel, and 7.4/km Schiermonnikoog. It is a pity that we cannot confirm this trend (higher densities on the Wadden Sea islands) with more counts in this region. Larus-gulls predominated in all districts (42.4% of all birds found dead, n= 571), with auks (mainly Guillemots) ranked second (29.6%). All other species were scarce, Eiders, no doubt, because so few counts from the Wadden Sea mainland coast were to be included. Interesting species were 1 Little Grebe and 2 Little Auks. January was a stormy month, with hurricane force winds on the 25th. Perhaps linked with the adverse environmental conditions, but without doubt caused by a huge amount of oil discharged in the Dutch sector of the North Sea, many oiled birds washed ashore at the end of the month. Densities were low south of Bergen aan Zee, but very high near Camperduin 9.4/km, and on the Hondsbossche 11.6/km). Almost all these birds were fresh Razorbills and Guillemots, often severely oil contaminated. At the Hondsbossche, surveyed virtually every day, it could be demonstrated that the peak of the stranding took place around the 25th, but the first casualties were recorded some 10 days earlier.