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Little tern Volunteer Warden - Kessingland and Benacre NNR

Berney Marshes & Breydon Water

Why we want you

The little tern is one of the UK's rarest seabirds and has suffered chronic declines over the past 25 years. While some populations have stabilised thanks to intensive management at sites around the UK, they are under more pressure now than ever before due to increased beach use, habitat loss and predation.

East Anglia is a stronghold for the species, holding 50% of the UK's breeding population during the summer months. The wide beaches are perfect for the terns but are also very popular with tourists and locals alike, and this puts huge pressure on the easily disturbed birds.

We need your help to engage people and raise awareness of the threats little terns face; to prevent disturbance, monitor nest productivity, record predator activity and assist with the day to day protection of these important colonies.

What’s in it for you?

This is an opportunity to meet new people and be part of a small team working on some of the most beautiful beaches in Suffolk. You will be making a direct contribution to the conservation of this wonderful seabird.

You can learn more about bird ecology and witness the drama of an active tern colony, following these endearing birds as they raise their young from tiny bundles of fluff to intrepid fledglings before they fly 3000 miles to West Africa for the winter.

Other wildlife, from birds, butterflies, seals, porpoises and dolphins are also a common sight around the colony.

The skills you need

No specific skills are required as all training will be provided. Some walking is necessary at some colonies, as is working outdoors in all weather conditions.

This is an ideal role for anyone keen on making a real contribution to nature conservation in their area.

The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

Your time

Minimum commitment: You can give as much or as little time as you like. Any time you can spare will be hugely appreciated and will help conserve little terns.
Duration: Ongoing
Period: Early June to mid August each year

Who to contact

Daniel Hercock
Tel: 01493 700645


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses re imbursed where necessary. The RSPB works for a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife. It relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference.
The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations.
Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

Reference number: 7111

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