Breeding Wader Surveyor - Forest of Bowland

Thursday 11 February 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home
Forest of Bowland

What we're looking for

The RSPB has been conducting annual surveys of breeding curlew, lapwing, redshank, snipe and oystercatcher in Bowland for nearly a decade, providing invaluable information about the impact of wildlife friendly farming practices on the survival of these amazing birds. We are looking for volunteers to continue this survey work in the spring/summer of 2021.

The skills you need

You need the ability to identify the target species of curlew, lapwing, redshank, snipe and oystercatcher by sight and call. You need to be confident reading a map and following written instructions. Self-motivated, conscientious and reliable. Willing to work collaboratively with a wide variety of people. You need a willingness to participate in health and safety training and undertake lone work in a safe and conscientious manner. Days out in the field will require sturdy footwear, waterproof clothing and even sun cream and a hat! The weather can be very changeable in the Forest of Bowland. You will need your own transport as some of the farms are in isolated locations and cannot be reached by public transportation.

Your time

2-4 hours, once per month, for three months – see notes
April – June 2021

What's in it for you?

You will be volunteering in the beautiful and dramatic Forest of Bowland AONB, surveying some of our most charismatic bird species. You will meet farmers who have engaged in wildlife friendly farm management, and you will be part of a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. This is an opportunity to develop field skills and make a practical and substantial contribution to the conservation of vulnerable and declining species. You will be trained in chick and nest identification and survey methodology.

How to apply


Hilary McGuire, Northern Eng Reg Office, Lancaster
Tel: 01524 581000
Email: Hilary.McGuire@RSPB.ORG.UK


Surveys last 2 hours on average and are repeated three times on the same farm, with at least two weeks between visits as follows: Visit one: 15 April – 6 May Visit two: 7 May – 27 May, Visit three: 28 May – 18 June Appropriate training will be provided, and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. 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.

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