Reserve Work Party / Practical Conservation - South Essex Reserves

Tuesday 14 June 2016
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
South Essex Marshes

What we're looking for

South Essex Marshes provide a genuine sanctuary for wildlife in amongst the populated and industrial Basildon, Canvey Island and Stanford-le-Hope areas. Our sites consist of a myriad of dense jungles of reedbed, sweeping open grassland landscapes, thriving intertidal mudflats and many more! We are looking for members of the local community to assist in all aspects of practical habitat management and reserve maintenance. We run regular work parties with a friendly team carrying out tasks ranging from fence building to cutting and burning reeds. All of our activities are vital for the conservation of the site, allowing birds, insects and plants to flourish, as well as retaining good access to, and around, the reserve.

The skills you need

No specialist skills are required, just enthusiasm and an interest in practical tasks. You'll need to be comfortable working as part of a team, and happy to get a bit muddy and damp. A moderate level of fitness is essential – able to swing a hammer or pick up a rake and get stuck in. You will need an up-to-date tetanus injection.

Your time

One day per week/fortnight
All year round

What's in it for you?

An opportunity to help with reserve management, become part of a team and learn about the running of a nature reserve. You will have the chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the reserve, to build up skills and make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation, as well as gaining a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity. Volunteering in a natural, green space can be extremely fulfilling and can contribute to people's wellbeing by improving physical and mental health!

How to apply


Isobel Donovan, South Essex Marshes
Tel: 01268 498627


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed 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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