Croft for Corncrakes - Durness, Sutherland

Thursday 10 April 2008
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
Eilean Hoan

What we're looking for

The most northerly and last remaining regularly returning corncrakes in Scotland require your help with hands on habitat management and maintenance within the beautiful crofting community of Durness. These tasks are essential for furthering the conservation of corncrake and another endangered species, the great yellow bumble bee.

The skills you need

Enthusiasm and an interest in conservation are essential. A variety of skills would be useful. Practical tasks could include dismantling and removing redundant fencing, transplanting early cover plant species, manual spreading of composted seaweed and other traditional crofting activities. A good level of fitness and up-to-date tetanus injection are required for practical work. Volunteers are requested to arrange their own accommodation and transport to Durness. Details of hostels, bunkhouses and B&B are available on request.

Your time

Flexible - but 1 day per week desirable
All year round

What's in it for you?

Learn more about the habitat needs and behaviour of corncrakes, other birds and wildlife. A chance to build up or use existing skills - especially identification of a range of species - and get some exercise and fresh air in pleasant surroundings. An excellent opportunity to work in a crofting community and to contribute to an important area of the RSPB's conservation work in Scotland.

How to apply


Kenny Graham, Golspie Office
Tel: 01408 634404


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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