Stone-curlew Fieldworker - Saving Nature Scheme

Wednesday 7 March 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Surveying wildlife
Various locations

What we're looking for

The stone-curlew is one of the UK's rarest breeding birds. The Brecks population is increasing, but its success is reliant on RSPB and farmers working together to protect nests on farmland. This work is very labour intensive, and becomes more difficult for the RSPB team as the population grows. We need your help with monitoring and protection to ensure the population continues to grow to a healthy and sustainable level.

The skills you need

You will need to be: an experienced fieldworker/ornithologist able to read colour rings able to communicate effectively with farmers and farm staff able to run short distances over rough ground able to keep accurate written records and nest record cards able to work flexible hours, sometimes at short notice You will also need your own: vehicle (preferably 4X4) binoculars and telescope A ringing license would be an advantage.

Your time

Flexible depending on availability - need to respond at short notice
April - August/September, busiest April - June

What's in it for you?

You will learn all about the ecology of stone-curlews and the RSPB's work to bring about population recovery. You will be one of a lucky few that have had the opportunity to observe the behaviour of these special birds in close up away from the public viewing areas. You will be contributing to the population recovery of one of the UK's rarest birds. You will learn new field skills, as monitoring stone-curlews is not quite the same as monitoring any other bird.

How to apply


Tim Cowan, Brecks Stone Curlew Project
Tel: 01842 753732


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. We rely upon memberships and donations to fund our work. By volunteering your time and skills, you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB. Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.

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