Farmland Bird Surveyor

Posted:
Wednesday 10 January 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Surveying wildlife
Location:
Northern Ireland Headquarters

What we're looking for

In recent decades populations of many bird species associated with farmland habitats have experienced worrying declines. The RSPB is working with the farming community to try to halt this decline. The support from volunteer surveyors in recent years has led to a targeted approach centred on 17 areas within the UK based on farmland bird records collated over recent years. Within East County Down, we aim to monitor five seed eating birds, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Skylark, Linnet , Tree Sparrow and one wader in the form of Lapwing. . This will involve providing high quality bird surveys to farmers within the focus areas and will enable the advice our advisors subsequently deliver to be measured. This project allies the enthusiasm of RSPB volunteers with the willingness of farmers who are interested in doing more for the birds and nature on their farms. The support from volunteer surveyors in recent years has led to a targeted approach centred on 17 areas within the UK based on farmland bird records collated over recent years.

The skills you need

Essential: 1) Able to identify all common bird species and especially farmland birds by sight and sound and attend training day in March 2) Able to walk several km. over rough ground. 3) Able to read large-scale maps. 4) Able to deal directly with farmers in a polite and friendly manner. 5) Commit to make an initial visit to your farm and subsequently carry out 4 early morning surveys between mid April and late June. 6) Able to organise own travel to and from farm. 7) Ability to keep data confidential. Desirable: Knowledge and experience of territory mapping using standard symbols, previous bird survey experience would be an advantage although training on survey methodology will be given. Your time Minimum: Carry out 4 early morning surveys during the breeding season Duration: Seasonal Period: April to June,

Your time

Minimum:
Carry out 4 early morning surveys during the breeding season
Duration:
Seasonal
Period:
April to June,

What's in it for you?

A chance to assist the RSPB with high priority work. Good opportunity to improve bird identification skills, increase knowledge of farmland bird ecology and learn more about farming. Some training may be available and support is given throughout the survey season. You may have the opportunity to observe birds on land where there is no public access. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

How to apply

Contact

Colin Graham, Northern Ireland Headquarters
Tel: 028 9049 1547
Email: Colin.Graham@rspb.org.uk

Notes

We will reimburse you for out of pocket travel expenses and provide you with ongoing support in your role. 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 International, 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 could join us.

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