What we're looking for
The RSPB's 'Date with Nature' events are many people's first encounter with the RSPB, so offer the perfect platform to tell them about our work and inspire them about birds, wildlife and conservation. We cannot run these events without volunteers, they are crucial for the project's success! Our 'Date with Nature' in the New Forest is a partnership between the RSPB, New Forest National Park Authority, Forestry Commission and Carnyx Wild. The project aims to inspire the public about birds of prey and conservation in the New Forest. Visitors are encouraged to view the live webcam, set up in the Reptile Centre, which features New Forest birds of prey on the nest, usually starting the season with a Goshawk. There is also the opportunity to show families items from the "nature basket" and to help people view birds on the feeder using binoculars. Your role as public events assistant will involve: - Welcoming visitors and chatting to them about the nesting birds, generally Goshawks and also about the ground nesting birds which are found in the New Forest. - Answering any queries visitors might have about the birds, linking to the work of the RSPB in general and how important it is. Staff members or other volunteers are always there to back you up if you're not sure about any particular query. - Promoting the conservation work that's carried out in the New Forest by the Forestry Commission and the New Forest National Park Authority. - Helping visitors to spot the reptiles and/or amphibians in their special pods. You would need to be able to attend a volunteer training event at a venue in the New Forest before the project starts for a full briefing about the project and the work of the RSPB. Refreshments will be provided!