Giving Corncrake a Home 2020

Thursday 28 November 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation

What we're looking for

Do you want to be able to say 'I helped bring the Corncrake back to Northern Ireland' The corncrake was once an iconic bird across Northern Ireland. People have fond memories of listening to its loud and distinctive crex-crex call on a summers evening. Sadly, over the last century their numbers have dropped dramatically and they are no longer a familiar sound of the countryside. The RSPB is working hard to turn the fortunes of this species around, and we are already seeing positive outcomes on Rathlin, but we still need your help. We're creating large areas of corncrake cover on Rathlin Island in an effort to attract these enigmatic birds back to breed. This project involves digging up nettles rhizomes from pre arranged areas in Northern Ireland ready for them to be transported to Rathlin for replanting in late winter. Volunteering with the RSPB is a great way to meet new like-minded people, learn more about nature, gain experience in conservation, and have lots of fun in the process!. Giving Corncrake a Home work parties will take place from January 17th 2020 and on most Fridays through the winter months to the end of March

The skills you need

Enthusiasm and a reasonable level of fitness is essential and you must enjoy working in a team. Able to manage working outdoors on uneven ground with little or no shelter in a remote location for the day. Work party dates, are being arranged throughout January to March. So if you are interested please get in touch for more details of venues and dates. This is a great opportunity for group volunteering, team days etc.

Your time

1 - 4 days a month
January - March
Winter & Spring

What's in it for you?

To work as part of the conservation team and learn more about this charismatic bird and the work we are doing to help it. The opportunity to get outdoors, do some manual labour and get some exercise in a beautiful environment. This is an excellent role for both groups and individuals to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity.

How to apply


Colin Graham, Belfast


Appropriate training and equipment will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. 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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