Little Tern Volunteer Warden - Eccles and Winterton

Monday 25 February 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
Various locations

What we're looking for

The Little Tern is one of the UK's rarest seabirds and has suffered chronic decline over the past 25 years. Human intervention and intensive management of breeding sites have helped to stabilise little tern populations, but they still struggle to breed and raise young successfully on our shores, because they are easily disturbed by beach visitors and predators as well as rising sea levels and habitat loss. Norfolk is a stronghold for Little terns, holding 30% of the UK's breeding population during the summer months, and supports one of the largest and most important colonies in the UK. Yet populations fluctuate, so the RSPB and partners continue to help little tern populations in Norfolk to recover to a stable and sustainable level. We need your help to continue to protect this iconic species. Your role would include talking to beach visitors about the threats little terns face and how everyone can do their bit to help protect them. You would also take part in monitoring adults, nests and young, record predator activity and assist with the protection of these important colonies.

The skills you need

You will need to be fairly physically fit and able to walk some distance along the beach, and be comfortable being outside in all weather conditions. Basic shelter and welfare facilities are provided. You will also need to be willing to learn about little terns and engage with beach visitors to raise awareness about this delicate seabird.

Your time

Minimum half a day per week/one day per fortnight throughout the summer season (May – September). (The RSPB is flexible to booked holidays)
May – September
Seasonal: May – September

What's in it for you?

As an RSPB volunteer you are part of something big – a team of amazing and dedicated people who donate their time, energy, talent and skills to help birds and other wildlife. Imagine spending time this summer on some of the most beautiful beaches on our coast, directly contributing to the conservation of this wonderful seabird. If this appeals, then we would like to hear from you. Full training and support is provided throughout the season, and as part of the friendly little tern team, you will gain both practical and people skills, learn more about the RSPB conservation work, and make a real difference to this unique and invaluable project. You will learn more about little tern conservation and ecology and witness the drama of an active tern colony, following the story of these endearing birds as they raise their young from tiny bundles of fluff to intrepid fledglings, before they fly 3000 miles to West Africa for the winter! You will also have the chance to observe other wildlife including birds, butterflies, seals, coastal plants and dolphins around the colony.

How to apply


Sarah Gelpke, Eastern England Regional Office
Tel: 01603 660066


Agreed upon volunteer transport expenses are available. 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 largest 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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