Residential Volunteer, Predators & Breeding Waders, Leighton Moss

Friday 1 February 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay

What we're looking for

To undertake the Predators and Breeding Waders Project, which aiming to help produce a successful breeding season for the wading birds around the various Leighton Moss reserves. This will involve leading on surveys of breeding waders and predators throughout the breeding season and maintaining the electric predator fence. You will also assist with the work programme and help to implement the management plan across all the sites on this internationally important reserve.

The skills you need

You will need to be at least 18 yrs old and able to stay for a minimum of 26 weeks. Enthusiasm, ability to work as part of a team, interest in conservation and natural history are required, and you must be prepared to work outside in all weathers, walking long distances and spending long hours visiting nest sites in a variety of habitats. You will be able to identify the main waders breeding on wet grassland and saltmarsh and have some experience of wildlife surveys. You must have a flexible approach to working as some surveys take place early in the morning and late at night.

Your time

26 weeks (with option to stay for 12 months)
Spring and summer 2019 starting mid-March



Application form (PDF)
To be completed and returned to us before a booking can be made

Brochure about residential volunteering (PDF)
Find out more about residential volunteering on this, and our other reserves within this scheme. Also included are answers to the most frequently asked questions

What's in it for you?

During your stay, you will become a key member of the reserve management team. As well as carrying out the important survey work (nest visits, breeding bird surveys, fox and crow surveys), you will contribute to practical conservation and learn about running and managing a nature reserve. Training and support will be provided wherever needed. This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation.

How to apply


Jane Shah, UKHQ RSPB Headquarters
Tel: 01767 680551


Residential volunteers assist with habitat and species management, research, survey and monitoring, estate management, species protection and visitor centre work. Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing - help us keep it that way. Click here to join today 'The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

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