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.