Turtle Dove Surveyors - Essex, Suffolk & Cambridgeshire

Thursday 4 January 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Surveying wildlife
Various locations

What we're looking for

The Turtle Dove is the UKs fastest declining bird species, the population having declined by 94% since 1995. The breeding range has also halved and the species is now largely only found in the East and South East of England. In response to these dramatic declines, Turtle Doves were recently updated to globally 'vulnerable' to extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Reasons for these declines are complex and not completely understood. With support from volunteers we aim to carry out annual co-ordinated surveys in Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to monitor changes in abundance and associated habitat in turtle dove hotspot areas. The information gathered will help improve understanding of the breeding ecology of these charismatic birds and help the RSPB to implement conservation actions to improve Turtle dove productivity.

The skills you need

Essential: 1) Able to identify turtle doves and common bird species, especially farmland birds by sight and sound. 2) Able to walk two 1000m transects across 1km grid square over public footpaths and possibly rough ground. 3) Able to read large-scale maps. 4) Able to deal directly with the public and possibly landowners in a polite and friendly manner. 5) Commit to 2 early morning surveys between early May and late July. 6) Able to organise own travel to and from survey tetrad. 7) Ability to keep data confidential. Desirable: Knowledge and experience of mapping bird presence and activities. Previous bird survey experience would be an advantage although guidance on survey methodology will be given.

Your time

Carry out 2 early morning surveys during the breeding season
May to July

What's in it for you?

A chance to assist the RSPB with high priority work. Good opportunity to improve bird identification skills, increase knowledge of farmland bird ecology and learn more Turtle Dove ecology. Some training may be available and support is given throughout the survey season. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

How to apply


Katy Froud, Various locations
Email: Katy.Froud@rspb.org.uk


We are particularly looking for surveyors for in Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. We will reimburse you for out of pocket travel expenses and provide you with ongoing support in your role. 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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