What we're looking for
This is an exciting and successful project! Chesil Beach has the only little tern colony in South West England and the colony was in steady decline from the late 1990s until 2010. Predation and to a lesser extent, disturbance, are real problems at Chesil. This project has successfully increased breeding success by protecting the terns from foxes and other predators. The project started in 2009 and the colony is increasing in size and producing good numbers of fledged young. But we need lots of help to maintain this success! A seasonal Project Officer runs the project between April and August each year, overseeing 24 hour wardening at the site, but they can't be at the colony all the time, so help from a team of volunteers is vital. This volunteer role includes looking out for and chasing away predators, involving running on the pebbles, shouting and waving. The role also involves preventing disturbance from people and dogs by talking to people as situations arise. Full training is given.