Lake District Osprey Date with Nature Team, Bassenthwaite

Wednesday 24 January 2018
Vacancy type:
Showing people wildlife
Lake District Ospreys - Bassenthwaite Lake

What we're looking for

The Lake District Osprey Project is nestled in Dodd Wood with a spectacular view across Bassenthwaite Lake and the surrounding mountains. The project is situated looking out on the site where the first breeding ospreys naturally recolonise England in 150 years. Since the first breeding attempt in 2001 the ospreys have returned every year, successfully raising at least one, often two osprey chicks. Now these incredible birds are slowly starting to recolonise the North. Every Spring, partners the Forestry Commission, the RSPB and the Lake District National Park meet to protect the breeding birds and show the public why these special birds must continue to be protected. Since the project began we have engaged with over half a million visitors! This public engagement will help us to safe guard ospreys for the future. This role is to inspire the public to help ospreys and other wildlife, such as our resident red squirrel population. You will raise awareness of and gain support for the RSPB and partnering organisations the Forestry Commission and Lake District National Park

The skills you need

Are you an excellent engager and public inspirer who loves nature? Help us to enthuse visitors to the project about our breeding ospreys and other wildlife they can see in the forest. You don't need to be an osprey expert, but a wildlife lover. If you can enthuse families, nature enthusiast and first time visitors about all wildlife from blue tits to buzzards and rabbits to red squirrels then you will be perfect for this role. As well as showing visitors the resident wildlife, we need you to build on the excitement by telling visitors about the wider work that we do, and most importantly how they can help! You will be vital in helping us to gain more support for the work of the RSPB. Reliability, flexibility, a willingness to help out and friendliness are also essential.

Your time

2 or more days per month (flexible)
Ongoing, seasonal
Beginning April - end August - ANNUALLY

What's in it for you?

As well as an amazing opportunity to watch wildlife such as ospreys, marsh harriers, goshawks, buzzards and red squirrels you will gain buckets of experience in public engagement for the RSPB; the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe, as well as our partners the Forestry Commission and Lake District National Park.

How to apply


Anthony Hills, Northern Eng Reg Office, Lancaster
Tel: 01524 581000


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB works for a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife. It relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference. The RSPB is the UK Partner of the global federation of conservation organisations, BirdLife International.

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