Volunteer Visitor Guide - Medmerry

Posted:
Friday 4 April 2014
Vacancy type:
Helping visitors at our reserves
Location:
Pagham Harbour & Medmerry Nature Reserves

What we're looking for

Medmerry is a brand new nature reserve on the West Sussex coast, adjacent to the existing RSPB Pagham Harbour nature reserve. Medmerry will have ca. 7km of new paths and many visitors will be unfamiliar with the new routes. We are looking for you to welcome visitors as they make their way around this new reserve, tell them more about the site, how best to access the area and what birds and wildlfie they can expect to see. A friendly RSPB presence will deter disturbance to wildlife refuge areas. Essemtially, it's about sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with others so our visitors go away feeling inspired about Medmerry and its wildlife. We'd also like ot ask you to be our eyes and ears on the nature reserve, noting wildlife using the site and bringing any issues to the attention of staff (e.g., trespass, littering, maintenance) so thaty they can be addressed promptly. There will also be opportunities to lead guided walks and carry the Medmerry message to outside groups with slide talks/lectures.

The skills you need

Enthusiasm and an interest in positively engaging with people is essential. Natural history knowledge is desirablebut not essential. Happy to walk the footpaths and trails of Medmerry. You will need to be reliable and patient, be able to work independently and be happy to spend several hours outside at a time. You must be able to follow set procedures and record information accurately.

Your time

Minimum:
Preferably 1 day per fortnight
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
All year

What's in it for you?

Being part of a friendly, enthusiastic team.which ensures visitors to Medmerry can easily find their way around the site. Help to protect on othe south coast's best areas for breeding and wintering waders. Spend time outside at a stunning and rapidly evolving nature reserve. Improve your knowledge of birds and other wildlife.

How to apply

Contact

Roy Newnham, Pagham Harbour & Medmerry Nature Reserves
Tel: 01243 641508
Email: Roy.Newnham@rspb.org.uk

Notes

Appropriate training will be provided and travel expenses reimbursed where necessary. NB: Please note that there are no toilet facilities at the site, although there are toilets at Pagham Harbour visitor centre. 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 Internationa, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you cold join us.

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