Tree Sparrow Monitoring Volunteer: RSPB Dungeness

Would you like to play a key role in this pioneering research project to help tree sparrow populations, whilst being an integral member of the Dungeness team?

Monday 8 February 2016
Vacancy type:
Surveying wildlife

What we're looking for

Tragically, UK populations of tree sparrows have plummeted by 90% since 1970 which puts them on the 'red-list' species list (this means they're a bird of highest conservation concern). The RSPB Tree Sparrow Project has been set up to try and halt this decline. As part of this project we need to monitor tree sparrows where there are still sizeable populations, and this is where you come in! Dungeness and the wider Romney Marsh area is home to one of the last significant populations in Kent. In 2015 there were 60 fledged chicks on the RSPB Reserve from 13 pairs, with the vast majority being ringed. We're looking for enthusiastic & reliable volunteers to monitor tree sparrows at our RSPB Dungeness nature reserve & the wider Romney Marsh area approximately once a week. Tasks would include: • monitoring ring tags on tree sparrows • mapping locations of tree sparrows • monitoring tree sparrow boxes • Collating data of your findings and reporting back to the Dungeness team. • Potential to participate and assist in ringing birds. NB. We'd brief you in everything you need to know beforehand and provide you with maps and information of the local area.

The skills you need

We're looking for enthusiastic individuals who can commit to approximately one day a week in the breeding season (April to August) and to cover the wintering population period (November to February) You'd need to be happy working on your own whilst monitoring, as well as being happy working at part of a wider team. You'd need to be confident in your bird ID skills, comfortably being able to identify finches, sparrows and warblers. Happy covering long distances and driving on country roads, as this position will involve driving to areas around Romney marsh. You'd also be comfortable communicating and interacting with a range of people, including the general public, farmers and landlords.

Your time

Preferably one day a week or several days a month depending on volunteers availability
April to August and/or Nov to Feb

What's in it for you?

You'd be playing a key role in this pioneering research project to help tree sparrow populations, whilst being an integral member of the Dungeness team. A great opportunity too for those who are keen to develop their survey and research skills. Also a good chance to develop your bird ID skills, and learn more about bird ringing. To learn more about the different aspects of conservation that's carried out at Dungeness for birds and wildlife as well as about the wider RSPB.

How to apply


Craig Edwards, Dungeness
Tel: 01797 320588


We would reimburse you for all out- of- pocket expenses, invite you to volunteer thank you events, send you copies of our bi-annual volunteer newsletter, and of course give you ongoing support in your role. 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.

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