Dragonfly and Damselfly Surveyor - Old Hall Marshes

Thursday 20 August 2015
Vacancy type:
Surveying wildlife
Old Hall Marshes

What we're looking for

Old Hall Marshes is one of the best examples of ancient grazing marsh in Eastern England, representing one of the last remaining coastal wildernesses in Essex We are looking for volunteers with good dragonfly and damselfly identification skills to conduct transects on the reserve. This work will help us monitor changes in population sizes and distributions and assess the impact of our habitat management work. The results will feed into a national database and contribute to national conservation work.

The skills you need

- Good dragonfly and damselfly identification skills - Good level of fitness and ability to walk a distance of 5 km over rough and uneven terrain - Comfortable around livestock - Enthusiasm and interest in nature conservation - Ability to follow transect routes and keep accurate records - Flexibility to survey on days when weather conditions are favourable

Your time

1 to 2 days per month
May to August

What's in it for you?

An opportunity to work as part of a team and to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation in a nationally important habitat. You will be surveying a fantastic range of dragonflies and damselflies such as scarce emerald damselfly, hairy dragonfly and thousands of blue-tailed damselfly. You'll have a chance to share your enthusiasm for nature with others and gain an insight into the RSPB's conservation work. Volunteering in a natural green space can contribute to people's wellbeing by improving physical and mental health.

How to apply


Neil Lincoln, Old Hall Marshes
Tel: 01621 869015
Email: Neil.Lincoln@rspb.org.uk


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. 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, BirdLife International,

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