Tollie Red Kite Feeding Assistant

What we're looking for

The RSPB is thought to have been involved in Red Kite Conservation continuously since 1905. Tollie Red Kite Feeding Station opened in 2010, just over 20 years since the North Scotland Red Kite reintroduction project began. Tollie is based on Brahan Estate in Ross-shire and without our amazing volunteers Tollie would not be able to run. The Red Kites are currently fed 3 days per week Thursday to Saturday at 2pm throughout the year although we intend to increase these days once we have more volunteers. We are looking for volunteers who can: • Welcome visitors • Collect event charges and reconcile these • Placing our locally supplied beef on our specially made feeding table, to the Red Kites • Talk to our visitors and answer questions about the Red Kites and their re-introduction and also the other birds and wildlife that visit Tollie too (Info provided). • Helping with the upkeep of the site • Other optional opportunities include: wildlife gardening, some practical work, community fundraising, Facebook posting and meat chopping – all at Tollie too and most can be tied in with your feeding days. Feeding in done in twos as much as possible so you collect charges together then one of you will feed while the other chats to visitors and you can swap around another time. Feeding is done on a rota system but if flexible as we have an email swapping system in place should you need to swap or give away a feed. Ideally we are looking for people who can commit to 1 or more days a month with each feeding event taking you around 2.5 hours including time to set up etc.

The skills you need

A reasonable knowledge of birds is an advantage but full briefings on red kites will be given during the induction process as well as information on other species and in informal training sessions run on site. More important is an enthusiasm for these amazing birds, wildlife and conservation in general and the RSPB, also, to be comfortable speaking with members of the public either individually or in groups and collecting payment for our feeding events. If you have any photography skills you can share with the public this may also be handy but not necessary.

Your time

Minimum 2 day (2 to 3 hours) a month
All year

What's in it for you?

This is a great chance to really get to know about the beautiful red kites of our region and many other species of birds and other wildlife. You will meet like minded people and work within a friendly dedicated team. The opportunity to inspire and enthuse people whilst helping the RSPB deliver its conservation, membership and community fundraising objectives are further rewarding aspects of this role. You will know you are contributing to the ongoing Red Kite Conservation work and raising awareness of this in North Scotland. You will also get free entry to our feeding events on your days off.

How to apply


Helen Cromarty, At home


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed upon request where necessary. The RSPB works for a healthy environment rich in wildlife. It relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us. Please note: We prefer you to live within 25 miles of Tollie and you do need to be able to climb over stiles if you wish to feed. You must either be able to drive and have access to a car or at least have a willing driver with their own car to enable you to do this role.

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