Bird Surveyor - Woodland Common Bird Census

To carry out four visit Common Bird Census in woodland compartments at RSPBs Gwenffrwd-Dinas reserve in Mid Wales.

Wednesday 3 February 2016
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home

What we're looking for

RSPBs programme of monitoring of our reserves is a vital tool in understanding how our bird populations are faring. They also allow us to monitor changes in bird populations and alert us to any declines so that we may respond appropriately. Monitoring is also important in assessing how bird populations may respond to any conservation management we may undertake, and adapt our management accordingly. Gwenffrwd-Dinas is a large woodland reserve with many separate blocks of woodland, so more than one volutneer is required.

The skills you need

You will need to be an excellent birder, with very good bird identification skills, both visual and by call. You will have experience of carrying out bird surveys already, ideally Common Bird Census, or woodland bird surveys such as the Repeat Woodland Bird Survey, or at least have done other bird surveys such as Breeding Bird Survey or Brown and Shepherd. You will need to be comfortable working alone outdoors in remote locations.

Your time

4 Surveys per woodland block between Mid March and Mid June
4 months
March to July

What's in it for you?

A chance to work in one of the most beautiful and remote locations in Wales. If you enjoy getting up early, heading out to the hills and immersing yourself in the sheer delight of the dawn chorus in spring in a Welsh Woodland, then this is for you. The Gwenffrwd-Dinas woodlands are renowned for their beauty – mature and ancient oak trees, glades filled with bluebells and trees dripping with lichens, the whole place alive with bird song against a backdrop of the Elenydd mountains. This is a chance to see areas of Wales you would never see without the permission of the landowner.

How to apply


Lesley Fletcher, Ynys Hir
Tel: 01654 700222


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 conservations organisations, BirdLife International

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