Dragonfly Survey Volunteer - Exe Estuary

Exminster Marshes is a key part of the Exe Estuary reserves and is home to many rare and exciting species of dragonfly and damselfly. We need your help to survey them all!

Wednesday 8 January 2020
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Surveying wildlife
Exe Estuary Reserve

What we're looking for

The Exe Estuary nature reserves offers a spectacular landscape of open waters and big skies and has a very colourful history. Exminster marshes is a key part of the Exe estuary reserves and is home to many rare and exciting species of dragonfly and damselfly. We are looking for a survey volunteer with a keen interest in this group of fascinating insects. 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

- Keen interest in Dragon/damselfiles, identification skills would be an advantage. - Good level of fitness and ability to walk a distance of 6km 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

5 days over 8 months

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 an amazing range of dragonflies and damselflies such as scarce chaser dragonfly, hairy dragonfly and thousands of azure blue damselflies. 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


Eleanor Woolway, Exe Estuary Reserve
Tel: 01392 833111
Email: devon.reserves@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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