Swift and Urban Nature Adviser

What we're looking for

Swifts are highly visible, noisy, charismatic birds that nest right alongside us in our homes and work places. They should be an indelible feature of English summer skies, but they need our help following significant declines in the last 10 years or so We are looking for volunteers who can respond to planning applications for building projects and work with local authorities and developers. You will look for opportunities to incorporate nesting spaces for swifts and other urban wildlife enhancements. With support and training, you will respond positively to consultations, encouraging the local planning authority to require these enhancements in the process of granting permission. You will work closely with the Site Conservation team in the south east England regional office (to ensure there are no other conservation issues) and swift champions from other organisations. You will also act as a swift “champion” working to encourage recording of swift nest sites. This will help planning authorities and property managers to make decisions based on good information about where swifts are.

The skills you need

Essential: • An interest in and enthusiasm for swifts. • Good face to face and telephone communication skills – able to enthuse planners and property managers to plan positively for urban nature • Ability to travel to various locations in your local area to undertake swift surveys • Access to the internet • Basic IT skills (eg competent in Word and Excel) • Happy working independently Desirable: • Experience of carrying out bird or other wildlife surveys • Experience of the planning and/or construction industry

Your time

Minimum:
Approx 4 days a month (flexible)
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
All year for planning advice and April - August

What's in it for you?

Make a real contribution to helping one of our best loved but least well understood birds. There is an opportunity to grow and develop the role over time to include other urban wildlife.

How to apply

Contact

Chloe Rose, South East England Regional Office
Tel: 01273 775333
Email: Chloe.Rose@rspb.org.uk

Notes

We would reimburse your out-of-pocket travel expenses and supply you with a mobile phone so you don't incur any telephone costs. You'd receive our bi-annual volunteer newsletter, be invited to regional thank you events and of course receive ongoing support in your role.

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