Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) Counters - RSPB Dungeness nature reserve

Posted:
Monday 5 November 2018
Vacancy type:
Surveying wildlife
Location:
Dungeness

What we're looking for

The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) is a joint scheme of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), the RSPB and Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) to monitor non-breeding waterfowl in the UK. The principal aims of the scheme are to identify population sizes, determine trends in numbers and distribution, and to identify important sites for waterfowl. The team at RSPB Dungeness are seeking help to undertake this monthly commitment (between Sept to March) as the information gathered is used both nationally and locally to monitor bird population trends and feeds directly into the reserves management plan as well as providing important information about the health of this element of the Special Protected Area (SPA) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designations for which the important overwintering bird population is included

The skills you need

Good ornithological skills, in particular an ability to identify and count sometimes-distant wildfowl and waders. Willingness to start at 8am on the designated survey dates. Able to follow instructions and record clearly. Must be reliable.

Your time

Minimum:
WeBS counts take 3-4 hours, monthly (Sept - March)
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
One day a month between September & March

What's in it for you?

WeBS counts are conducted from September to March, when wildfowl and wader numbers are at their peak at Dungeness and as such regularly provide wonderful birdwatching. 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.

How to apply

Contact

Craig Edwards, Dungeness
Tel: 01797 320588
Email: Craig.Edwards@rspb.org.uk

Notes

Appropriate training will be provided and we'd reimburse you for any out of pocket travel expenses. 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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