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 an enthusiastic residential volunteer to join our small, friendly team here at Mersehead to help with the delivery of our winter work programme. You will undertake a range of habitat and estate management tasks such as Natterjack Toad habitat improvement; assist with the surveying of wintering waders and wildfowl which includes the monitoring of an internationally important population of Svalbard Barnacle Geese, as well as regularly man our visitor centre.