Wading Bird Surveyors - Upper Thames Tributaries

Wednesday 21 January 2015
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Surveying wildlife
Midlands Regional Office

What we're looking for

The RSPB carries out annual surveys of breeding waders in the Upper Thames Tributaries in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The survey covers riverside meadows along the CherwelI, Ray, Glyme, Evenlode, Windrush and Thames. This comprehensive survey provides essential information on the state of breeding waders and the effectiveness of conservation work in a regionally important area. Results of the survey act as a catalyst to enhance riverside habitats through targeted land management advice and joint working with Natural England. The survey also enthuses farmers about birds and other wildlife on their land.

The skills you need

We are looking for confident birdwatchers with good identification skills and an ability to identify a variety of wading bird species, mainly lapwing, curlew, redshank and snipe, by sight and call. To be able to walk moderate distances (6-7 kilometres). To record basic habitat data.

Your time

4 days surveying, 1 day training
March - July

What's in it for you?

An opportunity to develop field skills and make a great contribution to conservation. Surveys allow access to some wonderful areas not open to the public, and a chance to get to know the landowners involved. An opportunity to increase your expertise and learn more about the Upper Thames Tributaries area. To contribute to the monitoring of key wading bird species and an excuse to go birdwatching!

How to apply


Charlotte Kinnear, Midlands Regional Office
Tel: 01767 693777
Email: Charlotte.Kinnear@rspb.org.uk


Training will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed where appropriate. The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity inspiring everyone to give nature a home. 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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