Lancaster Swift City Swift Surveyor

Thursday 22 April 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home
At home

What we're looking for

As part of the RSPB's brand new Lancaster Swift City project we are looking for volunteers to help us investigate huge declines in swift populations. One of the reasons for the decline is thought to be a reduction in nesting sites in buildings. As a result, it is really important for us to understand where swifts are nesting so that we can help to protect and recover their population. We are looking for volunteers to undertake simple surveys through summer to record where swifts are flying and nesting. As a surveyor, you can also help us to connect to local communities and get them excited about Lancaster Swift City!

The skills you need

You will need to be able to survey an area of the city on a regular basis to record the presence of swifts and nesting sites and as required, enthuse people living in the survey areas about these amazing birds. A training session will be run before the surveys begin and all the resources will be provided, but it would be beneficial if you have some basic skills in bird ID and finding nesting sites. We are looking for volunteers to commit to surveying their local area on dry, still evenings a couple of times a month over summer. The surveys need to be carried out around dusk (approx 7-9 pm). The survey will consist of walking around a specific area of Lancaster, recording low flying groups of swifts and where possible, identifying nesting colonies.

Your time

At least 2 surveys per month
3 Months
Beginning of May to the end of July

What's in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to get involved in important research that will deliver benefits for swifts in Lancaster. You will build your skills and knowledge in surveying and bird watching while contributing to a great project that will make a real difference for birds, wildlife and the environment. The beauty of this role is that it is convenient and flexible. You can do your surveys in your own neighbourhood, in your own time! All you need is a keen eye and a few evenings free throughout summer to walk around recording swift sightings and nesting sites, easy!

How to apply


Alasdair McKee, Northern Eng Reg Office, Lancaster
Tel: 01524 581000


Volunteers will be assigned specific streets or urban areas within Lancaster. Ideally, this will be close to where you live or work but if there are overlaps, we may ask you to choose another area. The RSPB works for a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife. It relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference. The RSPB is the UK Partner of the global federation of conservation organisations, Bird Life International. Please contact

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