What we're looking for
Mersehead is a stunning example of wetland habitat restoration, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Solway Firth and surrounding hills. The reserve boasts a wide variety of habitats including wet grassland, reedbed, farmland, saltmarsh, sand dunes and intertidal sand and mudflats. It is an exciting time here on the reserve as we have recently acquired a further 79 hectares of land that will connect Mersehead to our existing land at Preston Merse, as well as an additional 31 hectares of saltmarsh. This will allow us to create bigger, better and more dynamic habitats for the special species we have here. We also hold the UK's most north-westerly population of the rare Natterjack Toad, a European Protected Species. We are looking for two enthusiastic residential volunteers to join our small, friendly team here at Mersehead to help with the delivery of our summer work programme. You will undertake a range of monitoring, habitat management and estate infrastructure tasks, as well as regularly man the visitor centre where you will enthuse the public through face to face engagement. Fencing, moth trapping, machinery maintenance, surveying breeding waders .these are just a few of the varied tasks you can expect to be involved in during your stay here.